Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. A fun bit of escapism that's even tender in spots.
  2. "Stories" makes a better Christmas movie than those generic comedies manufactured this time of year. The hits-to-misses ratio for its gags is above average, the sentimentality is kept in check and the film plays well to its audience.
  3. 70
    With Bedtime Stories, Sandler has delivered on his promise to make a movie his kids can enjoy. What's more, he's managed to do so without alienating his core audience.
  4. 63
    This is a harmless and pleasant Disney comedy and one of only three family movies playing over the holidays.
  5. Bedtime Stories does have a comic buoyancy, even as its plot trots on a predictable course. Perhaps the different accents and sensibilities have something to do with that.
  6. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    Russell Brand is absurd, funny and wonderfully out of place in a family movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The fantasy segments, played up in trailers, get bogged down amid the ho-hum tale of a loser making good.
  8. Clean enough to fly the Walt Disney Pictures flag, yet it's full of bimbos and cleavage and shots of Adam Sandler getting kicked in the shins by a dwarf.
  9. 50
    The appeal of Bedtime Stories belongs entirely to Sandler. As a comedian, he doesn't have to stoop to a kid's level. He's usually already there.
  10. 50
    While no one was expecting the live-wire daring of "Punch-Drunk Love" or even "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," the Adam Sandler who shows up in Bedtime Stories is that most unnecessary of movie-star guises: the benign family-comedy guy.
  11. Bedtime Stories does divide into two types of comedy: There's the story comedy, in which Skeeter dresses in costume when he performs slapstick and insults people, and then there are the real-life scenes, when he does the same things in regular clothes.
  12. In this uneven Disney comedy Adam Sandler tones down his arrested-development persona, trading crass humor for warm fuzzies.
  13. 50
    Best of all is Keri Russell, who plays Adam Sandler's love interest and who brightens the tart rhubarb pie of her performance in "Waitress" with just a pinch of Disney sweetness.
  14. 50
    This is a rare time when young ones will get more out of a Sandler movie than their parents, who may have grown up with him when he was on "Saturday Night Live."
  15. It's not that Bedtime Stories is bad, it's just entirely and thoroughly adequate.
  16. Reviewed by: Kat Brown
    More ho-hum than ho ho ho.
  17. Sandler's shambling Yogi Bear-ness will be the big appeal to holiday-vacation audiences.
  18. Soured by its enervated star and uninspired writing, the movie offers only tiny moments of joy, like a hailstorm of gumballs that's unexpectedly magical.
  19. 25
    The shortage of wit and the excess of goo can be summed up in Sandler's line to these children of divorce: "I'm like the stink on your feet — I'll always be there."
  20. 25
    Sandler's bizarrely clunky kiddie flick, is a sort of upside-down "Princess Bride."
  21. It's a dispirited, galumphing mess.
  22. 25
    Sandler’s laziness, sloppiness, and cynical pandering are all over Bedtime Stories, and it turns what’s intended to be a graceful intersection of fairytale whimsy and real-world slapstick into an ugly, head-on collision.
  23. After years of wandering in the wilderness of artistic obscurity – like Vincent van Gogh – misunderstood comic genius Adam Sandler has finally found his audience: 3-year-olds. It makes perfect sense, really.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    After sitting through this fractious fairy tale, we feel as plucked as a Christmas goose.
  25. 20
    Too bad Guy Pearce who plays Kendall, the obvious villain, couldn't do the same thing. His awful performance here will almost make you forget he was "Memento" and "L.A. Confidential."
  26. As a PG-rated film opening on Christmas Day under the Disney banner, Bedtime Stories would seem to promise fairly wholesome family entertainment. What it delivers is the glitzy allure of a hotel setting, smarmy double entendres, Ferrari lust, Beverly Hills bling and pneumatic babes -- one of the characters is a surrogate Paris Hilton.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 120 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    Easily one of the most overrated movies of the year.
  2. RonnyG
    Jan 28, 2009
    3.8 and 33? This is ridiculous. This movie was very funny. Although definitely at times a kid movie, it was still hilarious for adults. Adam 3.8 and 33? This is ridiculous. This movie was very funny. Although definitely at times a kid movie, it was still hilarious for adults. Adam Sandler does his normal comedy routine, with a mix of several different stories. I watched this with one of my best friends, we're both in our mid twenties, and we both found it to be very funny. The comedy? Very funny and for adults. The plot, romance, and serious moments? Definitely for children (corny) This deserves at least a 6, and for a children's movie at least an 8. Im giving it a 10 to offset what I believe is a very unfair low score. Id watch this a second time, no problem. Full Review »
  3. Jun 28, 2016
    The fact that people in the user reviews are essentially giving it 'pity points' shows just what to expect from this movie. Adam Sandler'sThe fact that people in the user reviews are essentially giving it 'pity points' shows just what to expect from this movie. Adam Sandler's greatest low. I'm still gonna give it a 1 only because it can provide some fun if you write down every overused story element ever before watching and play 'Cliché Bingo". I got Bingo 4 times by the time I reached a third of the way in. Full Review »