The Spy Next Door
The Spy Next Door (2010)

Reminiscent of Kindergarten Cop, with a dash of Spy Kids, The Spy Next Door blends together an entertaining mixture of family fun and martial-arts comedy styling to form a familiar story that once again reminds us that even hardened action… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 18, 2010
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40%



Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lacking a script funny enough to cover up for Jackie Chan's fading physical gifts, The Spy Next Door fails on every conceivable level.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

Even the outtakes barely raise a smile.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

As for Mr. Chan, he has some passably choreographed bits with folding chairs, a bicycle and, later, some pots and pans at Gillian's house. But it's hardly enough to redeem -- or even make bearable -- this half-hearted hodgepodge.

Katina Vangopoulos
Moviedex

This film plays it too safe and brings you only a smidgeon of charm and laughter.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

At some point, the social mores that functionally banned most other forms of ethnic stereotyping will catch up with the Slavs, a sad day indeed for middling screenwriters.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The script -- which took three people to write -- is barely coherent, and it's unclear whether Brian Levant was even on set when he directed. All that's left for us to enjoy are the action scenes, and frankly most of those are a little depressing.

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

An uncomfortable journey for everyone involved.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

Chan's comedic gifts and still-nimble moves are wasted in a string of unimaginative household calamities and practical jokes.

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John Gholson
Cinematical

If the lazy filmmakers don't care enough about their movie to offer at least one single original idea, then you shouldn't care enough to go see it.

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Though mixing espionage and family values in unraveling dysfunctional behavior among a bratty brood of siblings may be a stretch, Jackie Chan makes the most of it in his latest caper targeting unruly kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
a silly premise and corny script actually works for a film like this. chan is fun to watch as always and my kids enjoyed it. an average and enjoyable family… More
Michael Edwards
it was just a nice family friendly action comedy and i enjoyed it quite well
EightThirty .
26/02/2011 (DVD) A family buzz! Definitely a winner for the occasional family night in. Enjoyed it very much, the whole martial-art comedy thing is a plus… More
Dean McKenna
Wonderful and hilarious family spy films with Jackie Chan as a retirement spy who wants to settle down with his girlfriend, Gillian and her annoying kids. Now… More
Nate Zoebl
I have seen hundreds of movies go bad. I've seen plenty try and cram a ham-fisted saccharine, entirely phony message about family values or whatever… More
Roy Gutteridge
Only Chan's charm saves it.

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