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The Game Plan Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Anna Smith
Time Out
March 7, 2008
Johnson's amiable performance makes this watchable for the target audience; namely sporty daddies and spoiled little girls primed to assimilate their lives into the Disney brand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 6, 2007
Please: No Game Plan 2.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 1, 2007
It's what I like to call an amnesia movie. Six months from now, if someone asks me about The Game Plan, I'll be hard-pressed to remember what it's about or who's in it.
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
September 30, 2007
Johnson's a good actor, but it would take the ghost of Laurence Olivier to convince us that a grown man could legitimately fall for this brat.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 28, 2007
Generic to the point where it might be called Sport-Themed Disney Girly Movie All Rights Reserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 28, 2007
As polished and innocuous as a spin around the park on Dumbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 28, 2007
There are worse ways to spend two hours with your children, and The Game Plan, in trying to please everybody, fairly much succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 28, 2007
Every inch of The Game Plan is formulaic.
| Original Score: C-
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 28, 2007
[Pettis] overplays cute to the point where you wish the Rock would practice one of his wrestling moves on her and ship her off to Kid Nation.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 28, 2007
Apart from a heart-tugging plot twist, some lesson learning and more random football talk, that's about it. Oh, except for the scene in which Kyra Sedgwick farts. Be sure to update your resume, Kyra.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 28, 2007
Director Andy Fickman seem to have thrown everything into this artificial comedy, in the hopes that something might stick. Almost nothing does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 28, 2007
I was hooked. While the critic (sounds like cynic) nitpicked the movie's predictable storytelling and comic set-ups, the mother in me sniffled with emotion as the Big Bad Quarterback turned into a sloppy puddle of a man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 28, 2007
A Disney comedy that tries to overcompensate with cute what it lacks in clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
September 28, 2007
Yes, this is a road we've traveled down before, but at least this time, it's paved with a lot of charm and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 28, 2007
Almost every note in this insipid comedy is strident or false.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 28, 2007
[Johnson's] quick smile and willingness to play along make him by far the most likable of modern movie muscleheads. He's thus one of the reasons to see The Game Plan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 28, 2007
[Actress] Pettis is adorable, but she's compelled to push the cuteness dial well past one's tolerance level.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
September 28, 2007
A family comedy heavy on syrup and low on laughs.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
September 28, 2007
The movie is so likable that it glides over its many plot holes. The filmā(TM)s direction, by Andy Fickman, is raucous but never crass, and the affable Mr. Johnson is committed to every moment.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Craven
Arizona Republic
September 27, 2007
Everyone from you to the guy who brought the Rock his doughnuts in the morning knows where this is headed, and the script follows the route like a veteran wide receiver.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 27, 2007
Despite the fact that we've seen it all before, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Mayo
Washington Post
September 27, 2007
The Game Plan follows familiar formulas and characters, both brightened by a bit of wit and good performances from the two leads.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 27, 2007
Finally, for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, The Game Plan pays off.
| Original Score: 3/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
September 26, 2007
It's certainly a goodhearted story, and the movie does offer a little plot twist that deviates from the usual formula. After that, though, The Game Plan quickly reverts to the established playbook for safe, sappy family fare.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
September 26, 2007
Having tamed one muscled man-child (Vin Diesel in The Pacifier), Disney sets its sights on The Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 25, 2007
There is less of a story here than a series of gag situations...
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 25, 2007
Johnson strikes a winning balance of swagger, exasperation and sensitivity as Joe Kingman, superstar quarterback.