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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    It's not just a feel-good holiday movie, though audiences, especially youngsters, will certainly walk out of it feeling good. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Makes one long for Martin's edgy work in films such as "The Spanish Prisoner." show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Something of a shambles -- a shambles about a shambles -- but bound for big success and deservedly so. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Much as I adore Martin and Hunt, whose matching tongue-in-cheek delivery and finite patience make them seem more like siblings than spouses, their movie is indistinguishable from an Afterschool Special. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    There is not a frame of "Cheaper" that doesn't feel contrived. It fails the most fundamental test of movie logic. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Thanks to Martin and Hunt, who both have a seemingly casual flair for mining laughs from even the most generic lines of dialogue, Cheaper by the Dozen works better than it might have in less capable hands, but even they're challenged by some of the picture's forced mood swings. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Lighthearted fun. show more

  • 75

    Cheaper entertains a broad audience by recalling an age of family filmmaking when that term wasn’t synonymous with crap. show more

  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Equal parts fantasy and cautionary tale, a film that manages to be uplifting and off-putting simultaneously -- fortunately, more the former than the latter. show more

  • 63
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Isn't without charm, or laughs. Director Shawn Levy's film features some of the best child actor casting since "The Little Rascals." show more

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