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The Pacifier 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.

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A yawn-by-numbers romper-room dud.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Vin Diesel is out of his element in this lame family comedy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Low on Diesel fuel, though probably amusing enough if you're part of the intended demographic, which appears to be the age group that likes to stick fingers up noses.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    All very nice, sometimes we smile, but there's nothing compelling.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 8+

A crass, crude, and overly-familiar comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is at the PG-13 edge of PG. It has a lot of cartoon-ish "action violence:" no blood and no on-screen shooting but an exploding helicopter, a glimpse of a dead body, a lot of kicking and hitting. A parent is killed (off-screen). There's a lot of potty humor including many diaper jokes and a character covered with sewage. There's also some crude schoolyard language including "bite me," "boobs," "spaz," "skanky." One daughter wears a crucifix, though there is no further evidence of any religious faith. The portrayal of the bad guys has some unpleasantly racist overtones, and some of the "humorous" insults are sexist and homophobic. And there's intrusive product placement for Costco and other brands.

  • Families can talk about how different people respond differently to loss and pain. What examples did we see in this story?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Some stereotypes and cliches.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Characters in peril, kick-boxing and off-screen shooting, cartoonish and action-style violence.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: A lot of diaper humor.

  • language false3

    Language: Some crude schoolyard language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Intrusive product placement for Costco and other brands.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue