San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
While it is a spectacle of animatronics, digital graphics and other special effects, the actors are never overwhelmed by them as personalities.
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Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Feels like a demonstration reel for toys, action figures and future DisneyQuest installations.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Inspector Gadget may be a live-action movie, but at its heart it's more cartoonish than most cartoons.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The image of this kitchen-magician dream robot comes at us in little jolts and spasms that have the zappy, self-contained rhythm of a fast-food tie-in commercial.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
What a joyless, fussy contraption of a movie!
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The plot was an arbitrary concoction.
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Austin Chronicle

Like the cartoon on which it's based, Inspector Gadget has moments of absurd fun and droll wit, but they are fleeting and few.
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San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
A downright dumb movie that, with its breathless pace, lack of character development and uninventive gags, might be torture for even the kids to sit through.
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By James Berardinelli
Disney has struck once again, taking a passably entertaining cartoon and turning it into a motion picture so lifeless that it's almost unwatchable.
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Film Threat

Mathew Broderick is likeable enough as the gizmo and gadget-toting cartoon hero in-the-flesh, but the plot, to which the FX wizardry is strung to, is in serious need of a tune up.
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36 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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