Catch That Kid


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 13 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Cast and crew have a blast making a family movie that spoofs its James Bond-like premise, is jam-packed with action, sweaty-palm suspense and adventurous, high-tech fun effects, and yet never loses its at-the-core heart and sympathies.
  2. 75
    Catch That Kid respects all of the requirements of the genre, and the heist itself is worthy of "Ocean's Eleven" (either one; take your pick).
  3. A passable, but entirely uninspired "Spy Kids" wanna-be.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Flatters its audience by dividing the grown-up world into mean idiots and nice idiots, which might be interestingly subversive if the movie had anything on its mind. Instead, it's just a Hollywood crash course: Heist Films 101.
  5. An action romp with heart. If that heart is somewhat misguided, it's hard to deny the family-friendly thrills and spills along the way.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    It’s not a great film, and it does rely a bit too much on the “evil bank” motif, but it might be worth a Saturday afternoon with the kids.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    While this Kid isn't up to "Spy Kids" standards, the good news is the film hews closer to the high-concept kids' movies of the 1980s than to all that Disney Channel goo that's been repackaged for the big screen lately.
  8. There's a little humor, a little suspense, and not a hint of reality. You'll tune out quickly, unless you're 11.
  9. 50
    Mr. Freundlich's naturalistic sensibility gets in the way of the film's broad fantasy elements, turning what might have been a stylized romp like Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids" into something a little too real for comfort.
  10. The children are engaging yet the script and direction are not, which leaves the thing to get all bogged down in its own derivative mechanics.
  11. What started out with the feel of a tight little kids' thriller turns into a Nickelodeon afternoon movie.
  12. 40
    The heist itself is a charm with the kids zipping about in go-karts and eluding klutzy security guards, but the film seems trapped in a strange Twilight Zone somewhere between comedy and drama.
  13. 40
    A parade of missed opportunities.
  14. 40
    This heist flick is far more likely to drive audiences away than catch and keep anyone's interest in the title kid -- or more accurately, kids.
  15. 38
    It's a juicy premise, but the enactment is so dumbed-down -- by turns preposterous and predictable -- that you couldn't possibly fault your jaded children for yawning and rolling their eyes.
  16. ''Kid'' seeks to ''empower'' its target audience of recent Pokémon grads with an adult antihero desperation that feels preemptive and inappropriate.
  17. 30
    The plot of this PG action thriller, a remake of the 2002 Danish film Klatretosen, is so full of holes that even middle schoolers might give it the raspberry, but a bigger problem is the three leads' lack of on-screen chemistry.
  18. 30
    The film combines dour heroes with a drab look, and the string of "Don't try this at home"-style stunts should underwhelm even viewers too young for James Bond or XXX.
  19. Lackadaisical feel of the film; Freundlich is unable to generate much suspense.
  20. Offers little in the way of originality, real excitement or even genuinely transgressive behavior.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feels like a prolonged episode of "Power Rangers" minus the colorful costumes. Whatever charm the original had was clearly lost in translation, resulting in a tedious exercise that 6- to 10-year-olds may find mildly diverting.
  22. When Catch That Kid isn't careening from plot point to plot point, events turning on unseen dimes, it's trying to ingratiate itself with stunts and chases that its young audience have seen done better on Saturday-morning TV.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Kid's tone is off 100% of the time. The young actors are irredeemably bland, and two of the adults (Michael Des Barres' bank president, James LeGros' Storm Trooper-like security guard) are hammy enough to make James Brown seem controlled.
  24. Serviceable trash. It looks and moves like a low-end action movie, complete with thumping soundtrack, nanosecond-fast edits, stunts that probably look scary to anyone who doesn't know better and even a third-act police chase through downtown L.A. In other words, it's Bruckheimer for babies.
  25. 20
    The movie isn't only boring; it's troubling:
  26. 12
    The family at the center of "Catch" is likable and authentic, but the seriousness of their plight sits uneasily with the shoddily assembled escapist goof it generates.
  27. 10
    A stale, overbudgeted, child-empowerment fantasy that's every bit as excruciating as the director's previous work.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. AnnaR.
    Jun 25, 2006
    Incredible. Absolutly loved it.