Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Every time Problem Child gets an interesting edge, it loses it.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Problem Child is a beautiful example of what junk entertainment can be with a smattering of brains behind it. While it hangs there as a monument to audience idiocy, it also lets you have a wallow in fun. You leave thinking there have been worse things on which to spend your time and money. [28 July 1990, p.C3]
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Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Dugan can`t find a tone that allows him to preserve the shock of the gags while minimalizing their physical painfulness.
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A dark domestic comedy that continuously shirks the courage of its convictions.
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Miami Herald

By Bill Cosford
There are jokes in this story of a 7-year-old adoptee from Heck, but most of them are funny despite the clumsiness of their telling. The rest aren't funny at all. [1 Aug 1990, p.D7]
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USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
But Problem Child's biggest problem is its young star, 8-year-old Michael Oliver. You tend to take such natural child actors as Dick Tracy's Charlie Korsmo for granted until one comes along who should be delivering newspapers instead of movie lines. [30 July 1990]
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Los Angeles Times

By Michael Wilmington
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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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
With jokes this lame you won't have to worry as much about your children getting any bad ideas.
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The New York Times

By Caryn James
As directed by the actor Dennis Dugan, everyone seems to be yelling their lines and making huge hand gestures instead of acting.
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The film marks an atrocious bigscreen debut for actor and episodic TV director Dennis Dugan.
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27 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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