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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
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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: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  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. Jun 13, 2015
    10
    I am sorry for hating this movie because I just don't want it in my head so much when I am reading and studying. I still love. Dylan MinnetteI am sorry for hating this movie because I just don't want it in my head so much when I am reading and studying. I still love. Dylan Minnette and Kerris Dorsey you are awesome. You guys look like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. That is good. Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner are massively outstanding at their acting. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2015
    9
    A much better film than I had expected it to be. The characters and acting are great---I really enjoyed the manic / wacky tone of the movie.A much better film than I had expected it to be. The characters and acting are great---I really enjoyed the manic / wacky tone of the movie. It's definitely not for everyone but it's fun while it lasts even if it does feel a bit long. Expand
  4. ECW
    Jan 31, 2015
    7
    For me, "Alexander" is a good family comedy. An old fashioned movie similar to some of the classics of my childhood.
    The lightness of this
    For me, "Alexander" is a good family comedy. An old fashioned movie similar to some of the classics of my childhood.
    The lightness of this film it's crossed in the path to better reviews. However, if the general public is open to the silliness and just enjoy, it is still a funny comedy.
    In fact, the comic nature emanating from Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner are sufficient to support the lightness of the film that would alienate the older audience and the fast pace of the film is enough to keep the little ones away from boredom and indifference.

    However, the end it's just a complete disappointment. I think the correct word is corny.

    In any case, "Alexander" achieves a certain integrity addressing family solidarity and portrays a "Terrible, horrible, Nothing Good, poorly Day" which sometimes families have to face. However, no matter how the day can get worse, there is always tomorrow, the next day, the next journey. And so, there is hope that the day can get better. The way this message is passed by Miguel Arteta is part of the reason I enjoyed this Disney work.
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  5. WJS
    Aug 3, 2015
    7
    This is a cute movie, definitely made for tweens of which I'm not one. I don't think I even know any. Still it's mildly amusing, well cast andThis is a cute movie, definitely made for tweens of which I'm not one. I don't think I even know any. Still it's mildly amusing, well cast and sort of fun. 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. Apr 1, 2015
    4
    "Some days are just bad days, that's all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to"Some days are just bad days, that's all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that's just the way it is!" - Quote from Dita Von Teese

    The story is about a 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he 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.

    This movie is clearly not for me as I normally don't like these kind of films. I always try my best to avoid these kind of things has soon has possible. what's so annoying is when I see that cliche family smiling or looking like their been through a ruff day while something "really goofy" is happening in the background, straight away I know the movie is going to suck and this movie dose suck.

    I'm so surprise to see Steve Carell in this, even when I sawed him in a much better film FoxCatcher, where it that film he give me a deep unsettled feeling inside of me, but in this he just plays the family dad that's perfect and the best of what he dose and all that rubbish. In this movie he just plays Steve Carell and nothing else really. It's rather interesting that Carell can pick these comedy movies and dark dramas as well. That shows how good of a actor he really is and it's always depressing when I see him in movies like this.

    Ed Oxenbould who plays are main character (Alexander) and the kid dose fine in this movie, not a great performance more like a okay one. Alexander himself is a bit of jerk when you really break it down. Now you're probably thinking, "Matt how could you call the main character of the film who is just a little boy a jerk?". Now let me explain. You can already tell by the story and the trailer that Alexander is having a pretty awful day and his family at the first is having a great day. Happy has their are, Alexander doesn't like seeing his family happy and such, so he wishes for them to have the same awful day that he had, and they do and their smiles rub off their faces has cold misery glues to their face where their smiles where. And the family are not jerks or anything like that. They just happy of what there getting and this little brat had to ruin that for them by wishing something so awful on them. If I was having a bad day and I saw my family happy it will make me happy. Oh and I hate the fact that on the poster his smiling "Ha Ha everything is all good even in the future I have to deal with stress and other stuff. But who cares I'm happy and that matters".

    Now It seem like I'm ranting over this movie and I kind of am, but the movie dose have it's good parts surprisingly like: There are some good slapstick humor in the movie and I like the family in this movie (Not Alexander)

    Overall Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is just a mediocre straight forward shallow movie. Kids and Family may enjoy it but I know I totally didn't.
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