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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: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  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 18, 2014
    8
    While the film didn't provide any outstanding laughs, it was still a fun movie that I enjoyed. If you're looking for a family friendly filmWhile the film didn't provide any outstanding laughs, it was still a fun movie that I enjoyed. If you're looking for a family friendly film that doesn't try to make laughs through stupid shock humor, give this a go. 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. 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
  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. 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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