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Tooth Fairy Review Critics


Dave White Profile

The tooth hurts. But it's just a dull ache. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

The Rock in a tutu = funnier than you'd think. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

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

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Tooth Fairy will make your teeth ache and your skin crawl.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There's no way I can recommend this movie to anyone much beyond the Tooth Fairy Believement Age, but I must testify it's pleasant and inoffensive, although the violence in the hockey games seems out of place.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    British comic Stephen Merchant (Extras), exudes an easier charm as a goofy fairyland caseworker who harbors big dreams of his own.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Dwayne Johnson's energetic performance enlivens an otherwise by-the-numbers family comedy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Sweet but uninspired fantasy is fine for families.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fantasy comedy starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is generally age-appropriate for young tweens and up. Like most family comedies featuring action stars, there's some rude language that you won't want your kids repeating (mostly insults like "shut up" and "fool") and violence -- in this case, players slamming into each other during hockey games (in one scene, a player ends up with a missing tooth). But also as expected, The Rock's surly character ultimately transforms into a sweet guy who believes in the power of dreams.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about dreams and fantasy. Is there a middle ground between Derek's dream-killing stance and someone whose dreams might seem far out of reach?
  • Derek relies on his tough-guy persona and good looks. Is this a negative role model for boys and young men?
  • Is the action-star-in-a-family-comedy genre predictable? Did you knowgenerally what would happen at the end? Was the happy ending lesssatisfying because it was so obvious?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Children learn the value of holding onto their fantasies.

  • message true3

    Messages: The movie's overwhelming messages are that dreams are important and that kids must be allowed to have fantasies and believe in magic and possibility.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: For most of the movie, Derek is an anti-role model -- always squashing people's dreams, acting surly, and complaining about his bad luck. But by the end, of course, he's redeemed himself and learned the value of truly believing in something and how having dreams can lead to bettering yourself.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Hockey is a violent sport, so on the ice, there are a fair number of falls and tussles -- one resulting in shattered glass and a tooth flying artfully out of a player's mouth. Off the ice, there are many comedic pratfalls and chases.

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: Derek and Carly share a few brief kisses and embraces, and it's implied that it's not uncommon for them to spend the night at each other's homes. Two middle-schoolers flirt innocently. Derek and several of his fellow players are shirtless in a locker-room scene.

  • language false2

    Language: Mostly name-calling and insults like "shut up," "old man," "dang fool," and "emo boy." One "hell."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Like any sports venue, the rink where the Ice Wolves play is plastered with company logos -- in this case, for Dunkin Donuts and Direct TV. Other brands featured include Corvette, Apple (Macs and iPods), BlackBerry, California Pizza Kitchen, ESPN, and the NHL.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue