75

San Francisco Chronicle

By C.W. Nevius
A harmless and amusing summer comedy.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The Daddy Day Care business model appears to be the 1983 Michael Keaton vehicle ''Mr. Mom,'' put on an unstoppable sugar high.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A likable little movie without much to offer but cute tots, recycled gags and a talented cast amiably wasting their time and ours.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Murphy gives one of his more-restrained performances, which suits the mood of carefully contained mayhem established by Steve Carr, the director.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
His (Eddie Murphy's) performance in Daddy Day Care isn't bad. He's restrained, and even tender in some of the scenes he plays with the kids. But restraint is the last thing we want from a comic of his caliber. It's no fun at all.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Most parents will find the movie has the familiar feeling of one of those kid birthday parties where the little ones are on chocolate highs and the adults run out of scheduled activities after 20 minutes.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though topnotch actors often can elevate mediocre material, they need a topnotch director to help them do it. Steve Carr ("Dr. Dolittle 2") is not that director.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Murphy looks comatose delivering the played-out poopy jokes.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A parent-and-kid-oriented comedy about the adventures of men doing the hard work of mommies, which couldn't be more timely -- or less delightful.
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25

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
You know something is wrong when a preschooler's unwitting ad-libs are funnier than anything seasoned comedy writers can come up with. Kids say the darnedest things. Too bad the grown-ups don't.
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39 out of 100
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