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  • Summary: 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life — a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life — a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one. [Walt Disney Pictures] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Oct 10, 2014
    75
    Humorous and poignant. There are a couple of scenes that fall flat, losing the manic push of the rest of the story, but the mood is so screwball that the film hurtles past its own mistakes. It's good fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Lindsey Bahr
    Oct 8, 2014
    75
    Alexander is pleasantly devoid of the vulgarity and too-current pop culture references that are the default mode for many contemporary live-action kids' pics, and its earnest celebration of family gives the movie a comforting throwback vibe.
  3. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Oct 9, 2014
    63
    Alexander narrates with a rueful, put-upon worldly wisdom that instantly enlists our sympathy, and the young actor Ed Oxenbould may be the most appealing junior loser we’ve seen since Peter Billingsley wished for an air rifle in "A Christmas Story."
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 2, 2014
    60
    For family entertainment, you could do a lot worse.
  5. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Oct 9, 2014
    58
    For a comedy set around one epic catastrophe of a rotten day, this wisp of a farce feels strangely chaos-deficient.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 9, 2014
    50
    At the moment, modestly amusing does not stave off that desire for a really great live-action family film after years of watching the terrain land-grabbed by animation.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    Oct 9, 2014
    0
    But who cares what grumpy old grown-ups think? This reviewer watched with two movie-loving kids, and they did each laugh. Twice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Oct 20, 2014
    10
    This movie made us laugh out loud with normal situations turning into humiliating fiascos one must recover from. It's a good fun, familyThis movie made us laugh out loud with normal situations turning into humiliating fiascos one must recover from. It's a good fun, family movie, which is rare these days. Expand
  2. Feb 13, 2015
    10
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day basically is a film is trying to send it's message, tell people is it's okay toAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day basically is a film is trying to send it's message, tell people is it's okay to have a bad days. Every actor in this movie is funny, Steve Carell is a like able and a hilarious actor and this movie he takes on a PG hilariously role. Jennifer Garner is a comedic charmer as Alex's mom. So far Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey are good at playing their roles. Screenwriter Rob Lieber has made one of the best PG comedies of 2014. My Grade: B+ Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2014
    8
    A great and funny family movie, with good morals involved too! I remember reading this book in school, and the nostalgia just poured in,A great and funny family movie, with good morals involved too! I remember reading this book in school, and the nostalgia just poured in, although it is a 10-worded movie title. Expand
  4. Nov 13, 2014
    7
    Alexander is a cute Diary of a Wimpy Kid like movie. But it's too short and everything that was funny was in the trailers. So the movie wouldAlexander is a cute Diary of a Wimpy Kid like movie. But it's too short and everything that was funny was in the trailers. So the movie would have been better for me if it didn't have a rushed ending and if the trailers didn't spoil everything. Expand
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    6
    The movie was funny. But it was a little bit too long. Even at 81 minutes. Storyline was OK, Acting was good. Sound mixing was OK. There wasThe movie was funny. But it was a little bit too long. Even at 81 minutes. Storyline was OK, Acting was good. Sound mixing was OK. There was bad words in this movie so maybe try not to let kids see this movie. But it is OK. Expand
  6. Feb 2, 2015
    6
    Was a little disappointed as I expect a Steve Carell movie to make me LOL. Have found him witty and crafty in movies like "Crazy StupidWas a little disappointed as I expect a Steve Carell movie to make me LOL. Have found him witty and crafty in movies like "Crazy Stupid Love". Still an average flick, but wished I had waited for it on DVD instead of paying the movie price! Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2014
    5
    It seemed like a terrible movie at first, and it was. The jokes were so cheesy and the slam-dunk humor was out of hand. Its ok for a familyIt seemed like a terrible movie at first, and it was. The jokes were so cheesy and the slam-dunk humor was out of hand. Its ok for a family friendly movie. If you're expecting laughs, you'd better have a good sense of humor. This is just mediocre. Expand

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