Problem Child Synopsis
Yuppie (John Ritter) and wife adopt wild little Junior (Michael Oliver) .

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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Every time Problem Child gets an interesting edge, it loses it.
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50

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...
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50

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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40

Empire

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A dark domestic comedy that continuously shirks the courage of its convictions.
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25

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...
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25

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...
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20

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...
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16

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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10

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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Variety

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The film marks an atrocious bigscreen debut for actor and episodic TV director Dennis Dugan.
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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 10+ Antics of a diabolical child are neither valuable nor funny.
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