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"In his Hollywood debut, Shaq more or less played himself as a coveted college center in William Friedkin's excellent Blue Chips. Kazaam is a compelling argument for keeping him on the court and as far away from a movie set as possible."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Kazaam never brings off the trick we most want to see: It fails to make the jolly, 7-foot-1 Shaq larger than life."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Ultimately this is a kids-only affair."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Kazaam puts up a brick."
‑ Mary Flannery, Philadelphia Daily News
"Prime MST3K material, ripe for the ripping."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Are you bored yet?"
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Too gritty, violent and downbeat for tykes, it's also a bit juvenile and fairy tale-like for teens and older auds."
‑ Godfrey Cheshire, Variety
‑ Barry McIlheney, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Horrible kids movie. The kid is annoying and there's no clever humor."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"I'd call the film innocuous, except that Max's gangster dad is apparently an Italian-American and the movie's main villain is an Arab. Do kids really need these stereotypes reinforced? There's also more violence here than you might expect."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"As fairy tale, buddy comedy, family drama, thriller or rap revue, Kazaam is simply uninspired and unconvincing, and Mr. O'Neal, who can carry a basketball team, lacks the charisma to rescue this misguided effort."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"It's hard to ignore the unpleasant implications of a scenario that involves a small white boy lording it over an African-American man twice his size."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Good ol' Shaq, the big happy galoot, makes you smile just by showing up. Because of him, Kazaam is a minimal kid-pleaser, but because the trailers made us dream of genie, we can't help being disappointed when we get a turbaned social worker."
‑ Rod Dreher, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The visual trickery might delight children, but Kazaam will leave even them wishing for more of the genie's playful trickery to make up for lackluster comedy in the story."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
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