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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: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  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. Oct 13, 2014
    8
    I think it does accomplish what it's supposed to do, it's a movie meant for the family and not for really anyone else who want to put aI think it does accomplish what it's supposed to do, it's a movie meant for the family and not for really anyone else who want to put a magnifying glass under how the movie will fit for your individual tastes, and it doesn't need to go any farther than that, is it a movie that delivers for a trip with a family? I think so, the humor was interesting and had it's moments to have kids laugh in the theatre, there's a clear message inside of it that delivers for the movie, and the pacing was really good. If you're expecting to go solo and have the expectation that it has to deliver laughs left and right to be a good movie, then don't go. It's a charming adventure for the family, not for the critics who have their checklists ready to try looking for the doubts over the benefits. 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 2, 2014
    6
    I watched this movie at the cinema with my family, I thought it was a family friendly movie. The movie made me laugh out loud a few times.I watched this movie at the cinema with my family, I thought it was a family friendly movie. The movie made me laugh out loud a few times. Steve Carell was the main attraction of the movie. I recommend waiting for this movie to be released on blu ray rather then watching it at the cinema. 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. Oct 19, 2014
    5
    Fun movie and fresh idea of something we all go through, bad days. The plot moved along with funny situations, yet, come-on, a scene with theFun movie and fresh idea of something we all go through, bad days. The plot moved along with funny situations, yet, come-on, a scene with the dad bouncing his baby on his lap was raunchy! No one laughed and the kids hopefully didn't catch on. The stripping cowboys at the end of the movie also bugged me. Disney needs to keep their movies kid friendly. Enough of our culture slipping into the toilet. Expand
  7. Nov 1, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this movie was amzing, not gr8 m8 -8/88888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 Expand

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