Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Synopsis
Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves...
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By Sheila O'Malley
Humorous and poignant. There are a couple of scenes that fall flat, losing the manic push of the rest of the story, but the mood is so...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lindsey Bahr
Alexander is pleasantly devoid of the vulgarity and too-current pop culture references that are the default mode for many contemporary...
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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
It’s just competent, light entertainment.
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
What the filmmakers come up with is a modestly likable mix of zany and gently warmhearted, even if they overdo both elements at times.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The overall message is pleasantly sweet: Bad days happen. Not only are they inevitable, but they serve to make the good times worth...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
Disney’s bland comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day might have been a little more entertaining if it had been...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Alexander narrates with a rueful, put-upon worldly wisdom that instantly enlists our sympathy, and the young actor Ed Oxenbould may be the...
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By Justin Chang
A passable, tolerable, not unbearable, totally inoffensive adaptation of Judith Viorst’s beloved 1972 children’s book.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The homily-laden wrap-up, stressing the upside of bad days, is enough to make you hold your nose, but it only lasts a moment, which is...
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Village Voice

By Sherilyn Connelly
While it has its moments, Miguel Arteta's comedy relies too much on gender-shaming and emasculation jokes.
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Thoroughly enjoyed Alexander!

By evandor3208
Really enjoyed seeing this movie. You can take your entire family to see it and Alexander doesn't make you want to cringe every time there are inappropriate scenes. Steve Carrel and Jennifer Garner ...

Funny Family Movie

By janetkerley
Funny, uplifting family movie. Probably most appealing to age 10 and up. It's too bad the trailers showed all of the funny parts. When will Hollywood learn to leave something to surprise us?...

By brianbrown86
very funny movie. would recommend seeing it with the entire family....

Fun for alll!

By tedandwendymanning
We thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Hope there is a sequel!...


By sistailich
I took my 7 1/.2 year old daughter to a screening of this and have to say, it was absolutely adorable! Good for the whole family at any age :)...

Some funny parts, but too crude at times

By colin554
Had promise, but stepped over the line too much to be endearing. Often Disney movies are worth repeat viewing, and we will go again to loop in cousins and friends in on the experience. not so with...

Hilarious movie for the whole family

By gatorandredraidr
Two moms and five boys went to this movie. We were all hysterically belly laughing. Very funny,innocent movie. Steve Carrell is always great and still is in this movie....

Fun for the Whole Family

By tntmorse61
We watched this movie with the whole family - elementary, middle school, and high school ages. Everyone had a great laugh!!!...

Fun family adventure

By delriocory
My family really enjoyed this movie....


By manuelarechiga75
I went to the theaters with my family and we had a great time! 10/10...

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Rated PG | For Some Reckless Behavior, Rude Humor and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Sweet book-based comedy has great family messages.
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