Problem Child
Problem Child (1990)

A yuppie couple adopt an angelic-looking little boy who proves to be an unholy terror in this slapstick comedy. The demonic brat goes out of his way to cause as much trouble as possible, and the fact that his adoptive father remains… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 27, 1990
DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 4% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mean-spirited and hopelessly short on comic invention, Problem Child is a particularly unpleasant comedy, one that's loaded with manic scenery chewing and juvenile pranks.

Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

Sound funny? The filmmakers here think so. They've jacked this loud, lame shrieker of a movie up to the highest decibels, both aural and visual, and rammed it in our faces with almost numbing aplomb.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The rest of the kid's tricks are too unimaginative to be much fun -- though with jokes this lame you won't have to worry as much about your children getting any bad ideas.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

It's misguided. It's not funny. And in its lame efforts to be irreverent and hip, it turns out to be just plain mean.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Some kids are born bad. Others achieve badness. And some have badness thrust upon them. The same can be said of movies.

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Variety Staff

Universal took a step in the right direction by whittling Problem Child down to just 81 minutes but didn't go far enough. The studio should have excised another 75 minutes and released this unbelievable mess as a short.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

There is something offensive about using an unloved and rebellious child as the butt of bad jokes in this way.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Inside Dennis Dugan's uncertainly staged, awkwardly sentimental Problem Child is another movie fighting to get out-one that's much meaner and probably more interesting.

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Suzi Feay
Time Out

Enough to make you gag.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

The end is refreshingly less sentimental than it seems to be shaping up to be, but the film's ugly moments can't help but leave a bad taste.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Awful, uninspired comedy about a brat, this is one of the worst comedies I had the misfortune of seeing. Poorly written, acted and directed, this is a film that… More
Tim Salmons
Again, once was enough.
Lucas Martins
Fun. But, the real problem is the screenplay.
Jani H
"You mean we've been doing "it" every night, for nothing?" Recently, I've written less reviews. Half a year ago, more or less, I… More
Aj V
A fun filled family adventure flick. I really liked this movie when I was a kid, and it's still entertaining.
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Even as a kid i already knew this sucked.

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