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Max Keeble's Big Move Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    40

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Garish, squeal-pitched preteen comedy.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The real shocker is how many grown men it took to conceive and write this lamebrained tale.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is the kind of movie one enjoys more at 8, or even 12, than at 16 and up.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Loren King

    It's the pre-teen set who will revel in the adolescent angst and anarchic high jinks of Max Keeble.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Slapstick humor and fun premise kids will love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some crude humor, including a jockstrap, vomit, whacking someone in a sensitive area, and some schoolyard language. Kids do foolish and dangerous things, including riding a bicycle down cement steps, sucking helium, breaking into school at night, putting chemicals into a character's breath spray, and operating machinery. Kids are harassed by bullies in various ways, including a "swirlie." One of the bullies is black, but so is the friendly manager of the animal shelter.

  • Families can talk about why some kids act like bullies and why other kids let them. Some adults can act like bullies, too. The movie makes it clear that Max's father has to learn how to deal with a bullying boss. What is the best way to respond to a bully? When should you ask adults for help? The janitor tells Max that "any kid can make a mess -- it takes a man to clean it up." And Max tells the kids that they should not bully the bullies when they get the chance because that would make them bullies, too. Families may want to discuss this in light of America's consideration of the response to terrorism.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: Comic peril. Bullying.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Mild references, some gross moments.

  • language false1

    Language: Schoolyard vulgarities.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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