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Based on 12 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Problem Child is a beautiful example of what junk entertainment can be with a smattering of brains behind it. While it hangs there as a monument to audience idiocy, it also lets you have a wallow in fun. You leave thinking there have been worse things on which to spend your time and money. [28 July 1990, p.C3] show more

  • 25
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    But Problem Child's biggest problem is its young star, 8-year-old Michael Oliver. You tend to take such natural child actors as Dick Tracy's Charlie Korsmo for granted until one comes along who should be delivering newspapers instead of movie lines. [30 July 1990] show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Every time Problem Child gets an interesting edge, it loses it. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    Dugan can`t find a tone that allows him to preserve the shock of the gags while minimalizing their physical painfulness. show more

  • 25
    Bill Cosford Miami Herald

    There are jokes in this story of a 7-year-old adoptee from Heck, but most of them are funny despite the clumsiness of their telling. The rest aren't funny at all. [1 Aug 1990, p.D7] show more

  • 40

    A dark domestic comedy that continuously shirks the courage of its convictions. show more

  • 16
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    With jokes this lame you won't have to worry as much about your children getting any bad ideas. show more

  • 20
    Michael Wilmington Los Angeles Times

    They've jacked this loud, lame shrieker of a movie up to the highest decibels, both aural and visual, and rammed it in our faces with almost numbing aplomb. show more

  • 10
    Caryn James The New York Times

    As directed by the actor Dennis Dugan, everyone seems to be yelling their lines and making huge hand gestures instead of acting. show more

  • NA

    The film marks an atrocious bigscreen debut for actor and episodic TV director Dennis Dugan. show more

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