63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The plot may be forgettable, but the execution is frantic and funny. The Spy Next Door is a movie that will bring smiles to kids - and their grandparents.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Most of The Spy Next Door is pretty tired stuff from "Pacifier"-style slapstick to comic relief delivered by, of all people, erstwhile country star Billy Ray Cyrus.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film’s so formulaic your 6-year-old will be ticking off the plot points as they lope by.
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38

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
This is “True Lies” without the striptease or the Arab-maiming.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Everybody knew to wait for the outtakes during the closing credits, because you'd see him miss a fire escape or land wrong in the truck going under the bridge. Now the outtakes involve his use of the English language.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Chan has more chemistry with the kids than with Valletta, but the story is so insipid that it's likely to only sadden fans of the martial-arts icon and offer little enjoyment to its young audience.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

A mostly inoffensive nothing of a film with one or two mild chuckles and lots of chop-socky commotion.
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25

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
Chan's comedic gifts and still-nimble moves are wasted in a string of unimaginative household calamities and practical jokes.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The makers of The Spy Next Door should give 50 percent of their profits to James Cameron for ripping off "True Lies." Let's see, what's 50 percent of nothing?
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20

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The movie even has the nerve to start with a montage of moments from his better films, a bad idea that sets off an escalating tumble downhill.
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27 out of 100
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