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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Original enough to come up with new ways to go wrong. For one, the film is a blatant showcase to promote O'Neal as a rap artist. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Pure wish-fulfillment for Shaq-watchers who can't get enough of their 7-foot-1 basketball hero. [17 July 1996, p. 9D] show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Examiner

    The movie is decidedly old-fashioned, aiming to send kids and their parents out of the theater feeling good about themselves. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    As for Shaquille O'Neal, given his own three wishes the next time, he should go for a script, a director and an interesting character. show more

  • 38
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Is Kazaam racist? In effect, yes. But it'sracism linked to bad marketing: You can't really mix a black-pride rap film with a revamped version of "Free Willie" and expect them to magically jibe. show more

  • 25
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The plot is hamstrung by trite formulas, and there's too much violence and family tension for very young viewers. Shaquille O'Neal is likable as the title character, though. show more

  • 25
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is as witless as movies come -- an unamusing, moronic blend of horrible acting and inept screenwriting. show more

  • 40
    TV Guide

    It's probably just passable for children, but adolescents won't sit still for this bland mixture of mediocre jokes and soft-core action. show more

  • NA
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    It's full of special effects that are big on smoke and noise, but short on logic and payoff. show more

  • 33
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    It takes the movie all of 15 minutes to descend into sub-Spielbergian banalities about poor Max's search for his absentee dad. show more

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