The Spy Next Door
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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 heroes have a soft side. Jackie Chan stars as Bob Ho, an international spy on loan to the CIA who gives up his job in hopes of leading a so-called normal life with his next-door-neighbor girlfriend and her rambunctious brood. There's nothing in Spy that the audience hasn't seen before from similarly themed incarnations (think The Pacifier), but, fans… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even the outtakes barely raise a smile."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"This film plays it too safe and brings you only a smidgeon of charm and laughter."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"This is the broad, silly kiddie exercise it appears to be."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The woeful screenplay, the mundane direction, by Brian Levant, and the indifferent acting all combine to sink a stupid plot which should never have got off the ground."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"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."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"An uncomfortable journey for everyone involved."
‑ Simon Foster,
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"[The movie] is [likable], bringing a peppy energy to Bob's segue from international spy to babysitter."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Chan's comedic gifts and still-nimble moves are wasted in a string of unimaginative household calamities and practical jokes."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"If you're still awake by the end credits, Chan's out-takes are sadly the funniest thing in this inane, silly and below-par effort. This one is for kids only."
‑ , Daily Record [UK]
"The slapstick comedy will amuse a young audience, but their parents will find it tedious."
‑ Alicia Malone, FILMINK (Australia)
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