Kazaam (1996)

When Max fools a gang of local toughs, he finds himself in big trouble. Fleeing from the thugs, Max runs into an old warehouse and bumps into a boom box. By doing that, he manages to release Kazaam, a genie who has been held captive for… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 17, 1996
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 6% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Crafted from a mix of genre clichés, Kazaam doesn't know what kind of film it wants to be, and Shaq's larger-than-life charisma is stifled by rote filmmaking and an unimaginative story.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

It's marketing, not moviemaking.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

I'd call the film innocuous, except that Max's gangster dad is apparently an Italian-American and the movie's main villain is an Arab. Do kids really need these stereotypes reinforced? There's also more violence here than you might expect.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

Ultimately this is a kids-only affair.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

In his Hollywood debut, Shaq more or less played himself as a coveted college center in William Friedkin's excellent Blue Chips. Kazaam is a compelling argument for keeping him on the court and as far away from a movie set as possible.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Kazaam never brings off the trick we most want to see: It fails to make the jolly, 7-foot-1 Shaq larger than life.

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Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine


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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

Are you bored yet?

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Godfrey Cheshire

Too gritty, violent and downbeat for tykes, it's also a bit juvenile and fairy tale-like for teens and older auds.

TV Guide

It's hard to ignore the unpleasant implications of a scenario that involves a small white boy lording it over an African-American man twice his size.

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Flixster Audience Score: 19% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Alvarez
Shaq tried to follow in Michael Jordan's footsteps and make a cool kids movie. He failed.
Aj V
I saw this movie on TV a lot when I was a kid, at first I thought it was kinda fun, but eventually it got extremely annoying. Now, I can see it for what it is:… More
Michael Edwards
another film i was surprised at mainly because of all the bashing it has had from critics and people and i love this movie i thought it was funny entertaining… More
Conner Rainwater
So bad, but it's undeniably hilarious. The 90s really did have some weird concepts, it makes the 80s look like child's play. At least those movies… More
Alex roy
Kazaam has got the reputation of being one of the worst films ever made, and with good reason. I originally saw this when it first came out and thought it was… More
KJ Proulx
I laugh every time I see this movie, because it is so bad that I love it. Everyone nows a basketball player like Shaq can't act! By now, people… More