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Bedtime Stories Review Critics


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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    As a PG-rated film opening on Christmas Day under the Disney banner, Bedtime Stories would seem to promise fairly wholesome family entertainment. What it delivers is the glitzy allure of a hotel setting, smarmy double entendres, Ferrari lust, Beverly Hills bling and pneumatic babes -- one of the characters is a surrogate Paris Hilton.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a dispirited, galumphing mess.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The fantasy segments, played up in trailers, get bogged down amid the ho-hum tale of a loser making good.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a harmless and pleasant Disney comedy and one of only three family movies playing over the holidays.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    "Stories" makes a better Christmas movie than those generic comedies manufactured this time of year. The hits-to-misses ratio for its gags is above average, the sentimentality is kept in check and the film plays well to its audience.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Sandler tames his jokes for family-friendly fantasy flick.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, unlike most Adam Sandler movies, this one is actually aimed at kids, so expect a lot of interest from elementary schoolers on up. The good news is that, also unlike most Sandler movies, there aren't any crass jokes, and both language ("butt kiss" is as wild as it gets) and sexuality (a couple of fairy-tale kisses and one brief scene of a clothed man and woman in a hot tub) are mild. The violence is also minor and mostly cartoonish, although there's some gunplay in the Wild West bedtime story.

  • Families can talk about how this movie is different from most of Sandler's other films. He isn't known for making family-friendly films -- why do you think he decided to make this one? Is it a success without his signature crass jokes?
  • Families can also discuss what makes a good fairy tale. How does the film itself, along with each bedtime story, follow the storyline of a traditional fairy tale?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Not an issue

  • message true3

    Messages: Shows the importance of family and working together for a common goal.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Strong family connections: A single man gets closer to his niece and nephew and helps his sister. Characters work together to save a school from closing.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: Some cartoony gun violence in the "wild, wild West" bedtime story.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: A couple of kisses and some benign flirting -- including a bedtime-story scene of a man and a woman in a hot tub (clothed). References are made to a Paris Hilton-type heiress' "reputation" for having a "good time" with guys she meets at clubs.

  • language false2

    Language: Mild, especially for a movie starring Sandler: "butt kiss," "shoot," "jerk," "shut up," "stink."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Featured brands include Ferrari, Toyota (Prius), Disney (Buzz Lightyear), and Apple (Mac).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Grown-ups have cocktails and champagne at a party.