Cheaper by the Dozen
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In modern America, where the average family has 1.87 children, Tom Baker and wife Kate have decided that life is better--if not cheaper--by the dozen. The Bakers live in a small Illinois town where Tom coaches the local college football team. The family's day-to-day life is marked by equal parts love and chaos... pet-frog-landing-in-the-breakfast eggs type of chaos. When Tom is offered his dream job--coaching a squad at a large university--he and Kate uproot the family, much to the displeasure of all 12 children. At the same time, Kate learns that her memoirs are about to be published. Her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

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"It's not just a feel-good holiday movie, though audiences, especially youngsters, will certainly walk out of it feeling good."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"So calculatedly cast with popular kid stars that it seems a focus group was guiding all the choices."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Remake bears no resemblance to the 1950 original."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Life in the Baker house is as chaotic as life in the original 1950 Cheaper Gilbreth house was well-ordered and organized. I think I like the in-name-only remake better."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"...the film is about children who are so selfish they ensure their parents are as unhappy as the audience."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This is a movie that knows its audience and realizes it doesn't need much of a story to hit that audience, literally, where it lives."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"We are not only asked to find the barbarian Baker brood a model of familial loyalty and unconditional devotion, we're also asked to regard with contempt everyone else who does not share the Bakers' unbridled consumerist anarchy."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Good comedy is derived from the characters, but this film doesn't establish its characters well enough to be effective on that level."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Good-natured and nicely suited for family viewing, but too many of the gags and plot points are old and unfunny."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Hunt's shunted aside in favor of the camera-hogging Martin, who grandfathers in his exasperated Parenthood act."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Martin and Hunt give the production a mellow warmth. And Levy has cast an appealingly diverse bunch of kids to play the young Bakers."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Less a movie than a testament to marketing."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"It's not that Cheaper by the Dozen is awful. Worse than that, it's just plain dull."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Sweet, syrupy and corny. But it made us laugh. DVD disc doesn't add much to what's on-screen."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Ocasionalmente engrašado; ininterruptamente xarope."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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