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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Generally succeeds -- in hit-and-miss fashion -- at bridging the gap between unlikable jerk and misunderstood good guy, though it's still something of a leap to leading-man territory.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Sharp satire or feel-good foolishness? Silly sap won out.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The number of levels on which these pros trade on their diminished reputations makes the movie an inside joke rather than a funny one. If Spade thinks otherwise, he's nucking futs.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There are laughs, to be sure, and some gleeful supporting performances, but after a promising start the movie sinks in a bog of sentiment.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Squanders endless opportunities for sharp satire, keeping to a steady course of tame, toothless comedy, and wrapping things up with the kind of vapid ending "The Brady Bunch" would be proud to call its own.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 14 and under

Not at all funny David Spade movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's lots of stuff here that you won't want your tween seeing or repeating. This movie contains very strong language for a PG-13, including crude humor, alcohol and drug references, and a joke about Jesus that some people may find offensive.

  • Families can talk about some of their favorite child stars and what they would and would not like about being famous.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Lots of crude humor.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Accidents are played for laughs. Comic peril.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Leering sexual humor.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong and crude language for a PG-13.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: References to alcohol and drug abuse.