Getting Even With Dad
Getting Even With Dad (1994)

Comic tale of a young boy who blackmails his ex-con father into spending a vacation with him.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 17, 1994
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 3% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Overly formulaic and tonally inconsistent, Getting Even with Dad tries for a sentimental conclusion it doesn't earn and winds up a slapsticky cash grab aimed at fans of Home Alone.

Caryn James
New York Times

The film should have been a roller coaster ride; instead, watching it is like trudging through a swamp.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

It's all a bit smug and suspect.

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Jane Stefanski
Empire Magazine

The feeble attempts at verbal and physical slapstick are so lacking in humour that they're embarrassing for both the players and audience.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The new summer movies don't get much more formulaic than this bald attempt to capture the audience that can't wait to see the next three or four installments of Home Alone.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Tone: Home Alone-style slapstick with occasional (almost random) heart-tugging.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

Howard Deutch is a proficient enough second division director, but here he allows sentimentality to run riot, and the awkwardly ageing Culkin (approaching adolescence) no longer possesses the mischievous charm of old.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

This seems to be the work not of screenwriters but of Hollywood marketing executives who believe movies are popular because they tell audiences what they want to hear.

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Brian Lowry

Neither Macaulay Culkin nor Ted Danson has improved his luck in selecting projects with this schizophrenic comedy.

TV Guide

The film's greatest liability is Culkin, grown awkwardly out of his Home Alone cuteness into a Stepford Child star.

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Flixster Audience Score: 25% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Owens
Pretty fair movie, but not one I'd call "good." I have on VHS a movie that my dad taped of me and my aunts, cousins, etc., and my… More
Juan Charqueno
a very funny family movie that makes getting even with your dad fun and hillarious. A
Curtis Lilly
One of Macaulay Culkin's few movies after Home Alone where he tried hard to keep that "I'm a naughty cute kid" act that just didn't… More
Sunil Jawahir
A pretty silly family fun movie but it's easy to like Culkin in this one.
Steven Vincent Gee
The only way to get even with everyone responsible for this movie is to rape their grandfathers with pickles filled with battery acid. Not exactly on of… More
Sarah Burton
For kids only. I loved it then, Saturday morning kid's club at the cinema... oh the nostalgia.

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