Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 11 out of 31
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  1. Across-the-board, the kids are extremely adorable to watch (not an easy thing to pull off) and will appeal to the other kids in the audience who might identify with them and see the story from the kids’ point of view. But looking at this film from any other perspective, will give you brain rot.
  2. 25
    Aggressively simple-minded, it's fueled by the delusion that it has a brilliant premise: Eddie Murphy plus cute kids equals success. But a premise should be the starting point for a screenplay, not its finish line.
  3. A parent-and-kid-oriented comedy about the adventures of men doing the hard work of mommies, which couldn't be more timely -- or less delightful.
  4. I laughed a couple of times, but mostly I was bored out of my mind and not a little depressed.
  5. Reviewed by: Christine Dolan
    38
    Mediocre.
  6. Though topnotch actors often can elevate mediocre material, they need a topnotch director to help them do it. Steve Carr ("Dr. Dolittle 2") is not that director.
  7. 38
    This is one of those nearly unwatchable movies that becomes an endurance contest for any thinking adult.
  8. 25
    Murphy looks comatose delivering the played-out poopy jokes.
  9. 20
    You can't get more high-concept, or less plotted, than this, and Daddy Day Care is proof.
  10. 30
    The film seems longer than its 93-minute running time, but kids will probably enjoy its potty humor, many scenes of 4-year-olds getting the better of harried adults and the inevitable moment when a cute little girl kicks the fat guy in the nads.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    You know something is wrong when a preschooler's unwitting ad-libs are funnier than anything seasoned comedy writers can come up with. Kids say the darnedest things. Too bad the grown-ups don't.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25
  1. Dec 21, 2011
    0
    Awful movie and I found myself guessing every single part of this movie which made me bored. Sorry but i give this incredibly awful movieAwful movie and I found myself guessing every single part of this movie which made me bored. Sorry but i give this incredibly awful movie 0%. Yep that is awful. Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2012
    3
    A fart filled farce bereft of the least amount of imagination.
  3. May 3, 2015
    7
    A funny children's comedy with Eddy Murphy, Steve Zahn, Jeff Garlin. GradeA funny children's comedy with Eddy Murphy, Steve Zahn, Jeff Garlin. Grade C++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Full Review »