User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 112 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 112
  2. Negative: 40 out of 112
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  1. Sep 24, 2011
    2
    Easily one of the most overrated movies of the year.
  2. ChadS.
    Dec 27, 2008
    4
    Marty Feldman died in 1982 at the age of 49. "Bedtime Stories" pays homage to the bug-eyed comic actor by displacing Feldman's signature feature onto a guinea pig. This lame, alleged comedy shares with Darren Aronofsky's misunderstood "The Fountain", a diegesis informed by the laws of Buddhism, as evidenced by the rodent with Marty Feldman eyes. Reincarnation( the recycling of Marty Feldman died in 1982 at the age of 49. "Bedtime Stories" pays homage to the bug-eyed comic actor by displacing Feldman's signature feature onto a guinea pig. This lame, alleged comedy shares with Darren Aronofsky's misunderstood "The Fountain", a diegesis informed by the laws of Buddhism, as evidenced by the rodent with Marty Feldman eyes. Reincarnation( the recycling of souls) is an eastern belief that finds puerile expression in "Bedtime Stories", when Skeeter Bronson(Adam Sandler) and the people from his current life appear together, over and over again, across different epochs in time. The same story, boy proves his love for girl through the performance of a heroic deed, gets recycled for its timelessness. Regardless of genre, the story works. "Bedtime Stories" posits storytelling as Buddhist in nature, after all, each story has been told before in some other form. It has structural similarities: a formula. People are recycled. Plots are recycled. "Bedtime Stories" performs an alchemy on the imagination by recasting Buddhism as an avenging god who killed all the Greek muses. If this commingling of disciplines(religion and the arts) had an origin story, a bedtime story, ahem, it would have film theorist Robin Wood writing his article on genre theory("Ideology, Genre, Auteur") under a bodhi tree. In one scene, "Bedtime Stories" seems to refute Christianity as the film practices its religion by recycling Paul Thomas Anderson's frogs in "Magnolia". This time it's gumballs; this time it's not a miracle. The gumball sequence shows how every miracle can be undermined by a logical explanation. While the film challenges the hegemony of the dominant ideology, it doesn't change the fact that the story itself is tired and worn out, you know, recycled. Maybe god is a truly original screenplay. Maybe god doesn't exist. Expand
  3. Laurens
    Jan 20, 2009
    2
    Adam Sandler seems he is the comedy king who will do anything, whether the script is good or not, he takes it; This is probably the rare "Bust" movie that was developed by Disney pictures. Oh, it even fails as a kids movie. Defining a kid movie, in age, is about 4-9, maybe age 10. But i can only say this would only become a "wow" to a 1 year old. This is Disaster Movie all over again, Adam Sandler seems he is the comedy king who will do anything, whether the script is good or not, he takes it; This is probably the rare "Bust" movie that was developed by Disney pictures. Oh, it even fails as a kids movie. Defining a kid movie, in age, is about 4-9, maybe age 10. But i can only say this would only become a "wow" to a 1 year old. This is Disaster Movie all over again, except its little kid friendly, but yet it fails. Maybe it's the lack of creativity, or maybe it's so unrealistic that we can't seem to put it to our imagination. The only good thing about this movie is if you (i am talking to ages 6+) have a hard time falling asleep, "BEDTIME STORIES" kicks in. So, the positives? [really the negatives] 1. It makes you fall asleep BORING 2. Audience 10+ will get great laughs from the werid plot and script, seriously, if you want REALLY REALLY GOOD LAUGHS (not the good ones in critisim), then..... watch this Weird, unthinkable, Illegal for all ages movie. Illegal for all ages means a movie is so bad, but it can be good if you want a laugh. Expand
  4. CraigV.
    Dec 26, 2008
    1
    Appallingly bad - I don't even know what to say.
  5. QUICKcam
    Jan 10, 2009
    0
    First, i would like to say that zt just committed plagerism by copy/paste the "wall st. journal" review. Second, this movie is the lowest most unfunny form of funny that you can imagine. It aloso SHOULD NOT be titled as a disney movie.
  6. Feb 24, 2014
    3
    Bedtime Stories is Adam Sandler's usual shtick with dirty jokes and toilet humor. That's it. Any redeeming qualities have been lost from this movie. Calling it a Disney movie is an overstatement.
  7. Nov 13, 2013
    2
    Bedtime Stories will put you to sleep.
    Adam Sandler once again kills viewers souls with this mindless headache worthy monstrosity. There are little to no laughs and a terrible script.
Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Kat Brown
    40
    More ho-hum than ho ho ho.
  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. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    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.