Critics aren't exactly bearing their fangs when it comes to reviewing Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's latest. There's a grudging acknowledgment that you simply have to be there -- and you have to be 7 years old --– to get the most out of 'The Tooth Fairy.'

Johnson plays Derek Thompson, a hockey brute delivering punishing checks while his younger teammates score goals. For this, you'd think his fans would call him, maybe, 'The Rock'? But no, he's dubbed 'The Tooth Fairy' (his hits have been known to remove the front teeth of his opponents). Can this cynical tough guy be taught to play well with others? His girlfriend, played by Ashley Judd, certainly hopes so. Fate lends a hand when he's assigned a Fairy Godmother (Julie Andrews) and sent off to play the tooth fairy for kids with a pearly white under their pillows.

For Johnson, it's a return to family fare ('Race to Witch Mountain,'' 'The Game Plan') after an experiment in twisted apocalyptic phantasmagoria (Gads, did you catch 'Southland Tales'?!)

For a kiddie flick, 'Tooth Fairy' has some impressive players. The screenplay was co-written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, responsible for some comedy classics ('Splash,''Parenthood'). British comic Stephen Merchant (creator of 'The Office,' along with Ricky Gervais) is said to steal scenes as a member of Fairyland's middle management. And even Billy Crystal delivers a cameo.

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