Problem Child
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A socially ambitious wife and her husband adopt an adorable child in hopes of strengthening their marriage and their place in the community without realizing that the blond-haired, blue-eyed cutie could scare the bejeezus out of Satan himself with his horrendous, sociopathic antics. This comedy chronicles the dreadful, selfish things the little terrorist does to torment and antagonize everyone he meets.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sound funny? The filmmakers here think so. 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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"The rest of the kid's tricks are too unimaginative to be much fun -- though with jokes this lame you won't have to worry as much about your children getting any bad ideas."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's misguided. It's not funny. And in its lame efforts to be irreverent and hip, it turns out to be just plain mean."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Smart beginning, witless ending."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Antics of a diabolical child are neither valuable nor funny."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Some kids are born bad. Others achieve badness. And some have badness thrust upon them. The same can be said of movies."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Universal took a step in the right direction by whittling Problem Child down to just 81 minutes but didn't go far enough. The studio should have excised another 75 minutes and released this unbelievable mess as a short."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There is something offensive about using an unloved and rebellious child as the butt of bad jokes in this way."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"Pipsqueak comedy that does not have the courage of its own convictions."
‑ Monty Smith, Empire Magazine
"The film gets so lost in angry pranks, it forgets to provide a reason why Junior shouldn't be hung from the nearest tree...The worst movie of all time? Problem Child."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Inside Dennis Dugan's uncertainly staged, awkwardly sentimental Problem Child is another movie fighting to get out-one that's much meaner and probably more interesting."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Enough to make you gag."
‑ Suzi Feay, Time Out
"The end is refreshingly less sentimental than it seems to be shaping up to be, but the film's ugly moments can't help but leave a bad taste."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"It's too bad the editors of Problem Child couldn't have saved time and money by just putting the whole film through a shredder."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Grating, irritating, truly a problem movie calling itself a comedy."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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