Big Daddy
Big Daddy (1999)

Prospective parents everywhere, meet the world's least likely paternal role model: Adam Sandler! In Big Daddy, Sandler plays 30-year-old bachelor Sonny Koufax, a carefree slob who has never much taken to adult responsibilities; he works… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 25, 1999
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Adam Sandler acquits himself admirably, but his charm isn't enough to make up for Big Daddy's jarring shifts between crude humor and mawkish sentimentality.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

This light yet earnest drama starring Adam Sandler deals openly with one of the most insidious elements in popular filmmaking -- the male screenwriter's relationship with his own father.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Worst of all is the way Sandler wants to have it both ways: to muck around in gross-out humor one minute and then turn schmaltzy the next minute with some fraudulent business about how much he loves the kid.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Typical Adam Sandler -- charm mixed with crude humor.

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Time Out

This lightweight, bubblegum caper synthesises robust, physical humour, self-deprecation and witty one liners. The main problem, as with most other dumb boy pictures, is that the supporting characters are underwritten.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

How's this for a novel complaint: Big Daddy just isn't stupid enough.

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Michael Dequina

The heavy-handed sentimentality provokes a most violent gag reflex.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Funny-sweet, understand, not bleccchh sweet.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

There's no doubt Sandler is talented, but if he persists in believing that, like Elvis, his presence alone covers a multitude of omissions and inconsistencies, he will squander his gift and make a series of forgettable films in the process.

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Ending is predictably gooey but Sandler's edge staves off the sludge for long enough in an otherwise fresh and funny piece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Of all the movies from Adam Sandler's prime era, this is probably the one I'd say is both the best, and my favorite. Perpetually slacker/idiot… More
Kevin M. Williams
Unapologetic manipulative schlockfest with Sandler playing a layabout man-boy who adopts a child to show his girl how he's matured after she turns him off… More
Tyler Robertson
What can you say about Adam Sandler? He's funny and he provides entertaining content. In case you're wondering, I'm talking about the 90's… More
Bathsheba Monk
I like Adam Sandler. I like that he uses other comics generously in his films. I like that he gets the girl and gets a job but doesn't get to keep his… More
Melvin White
Sonny: I had a mother lined up for him, but she's bangin' the Pepperidge Farm guy and the kid won't stop peeing and throwing up, he's like a… More
Eric Alvarez
It's so so, not bad but not good.