Freaky Friday

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36

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Critic Reviews

  1. A funny, shrewd, no-bull family comedy about the relationship between mothers and teenage daughters that allows Curtis the comedian to remember her days as a slinky starlet while making use of her wisdom as the mother of an adolescent girl herself.
  2. Since her character wears no historical costumes and suffers from no debilitating ailment, it is likely that Ms. Curtis will be overlooked when Oscar season rolls around. This is a shame, since it is unlikely that any other actress this year will match the loose, energetic wit she brings to this delightful movie.
  3. Offers plenty of honest, good-natured laughs in the process. That's something young and old can appreciate equally.
  4. This is the first real family comedy I've seen in a long time: one honest enough to satisfy teens, wryly funny enough for adults and zany enough for little kids.
  5. Turning ordinary life into movie magic is one of the most difficult, least-heralded challenges for any filmmaker. What makes Freaky Friday a charmer isn't how far-out things get for this mother and daughter, but how sweet and distinctly un-freaky a kid, her mom and their love for each other can be.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Screenwriters Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon have devised some lovely and hilarious variations on Rodgers’s irresistible premise.
  7. Cheerful, energetic and on the money.
  8. 80
    The premise provides a fine showcase for the two appealing actresses, who appropriate each other's vocal and physical mannerisms with dead-on accuracy.
  9. 80
    Terrific at capturing what teenage behavior would look like on a grown-up.
  10. The new "Freaky" plays the obvious gags in ways both surprising and imaginative.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    Genuinely clever switched-identities romp.
  12. Deliciously acted and good-humored to its core, it's one of the summer's very best surprises.
  13. This is Curtis' film. Looking a little like a combination of Carol Burnett and Annie Lennox, Curtis has this character down.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Freaky Friday version 2003 is a shinier, snappier animal, partly because young girls now dress like Avril Lavigne, and partly because Jamie Lee Curtis has her best role in years and knows it.
  15. A family-friendly remake funnier, fresher and more affecting than the flavorless original.
  16. 75
    Body-switch plots are a license for adults to act like kids; probably nobody has had more fun at it than Tom Hanks did in "Big," but Curtis comes close.
  17. 75
    Disney's best comedy in years.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    It all adds up to belly laughs aplenty and a rollicking good time.
  19. 70
    Waters directing, from a perky script by Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon, is bouncy and assured enough to give a cheeky lilt to what otherwise might have been an earnest PSA for intergenerational peace, love and understanding.
  20. 70
    Even though this is a light, cheerful picture about family relationships, it never feels overplayed -- its tone is bright without being garish. And it moves breezily.
  21. 70
    Freaky Friday mines a lot of laughs from common misapprehensions adults have about adolescent life, with fun bits of observation about schoolwork, dating, and other practices where kids have to bend the rules in order to survive.
  22. Freaky Friday gives Curtis the chance to go all goofy and showcase her gift for splayed physical comedy.
  23. Lohan has a fresh presence; in a world of pale blond princesses it's a relief to see a freckled redhead who looks like she eats occasionally. A pleasure, too, to watch a young actress accomplished enough to play not only a punky high schooler, but a punky high schooler with a middle-aged woman trapped insider her.
  24. 67
    There’s enough intelligence and wit here to sustain your interest, especially when Curtis and Lohan are in peak form. They put the freak in this Freaky Friday.
  25. The movie is directed by Mark Waters (responsible for the indie black comedy, "The House of Yes") and mostly, he's workmanlike, but smart enough to get out of the way of the nicely balanced two lead performances.
  26. 63
    Motion picture cotton candy - sweet while it lasts, easily disposed of, and insubstantial.
  27. Some older movies are so terrific, so capable of touching new generations that they cry out to be updated and remade. The mildly entertaining Freaky Friday isn't one of them.
  28. The performances, of a higher order than the film's cheesy script and double-cheese direction, are the reasons to see the picture. A reason not to: the means by which parent and child trade bodies.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Jul 3, 2016
    7
    The acting was good, the movie was entertaining and the characters were likeable.But, the story was cliché, the movie was predictable and itThe acting was good, the movie was entertaining and the characters were likeable.But, the story was cliché, the movie was predictable and it was lazy. It's not a great movie but, it's an okay movie for a "Freaky Friday" night. Full Review »
  2. Mar 6, 2016
    8
    I enjoyed this Freaky Friday because it has nothing to do with the fact that you people can't accept this movie as a normal great movie. II enjoyed this Freaky Friday because it has nothing to do with the fact that you people can't accept this movie as a normal great movie. I enjoyed it because it held me back many adventures being switched voices in different bodies. Full Review »
  3. Sep 9, 2014
    10
    Realmente um excelente filme. Divertido, descontraído, aborda várias questões sem perder seu humor impecável. Lindsay Lohan estava bem naquelaRealmente um excelente filme. Divertido, descontraído, aborda várias questões sem perder seu humor impecável. Lindsay Lohan estava bem naquela época, e interpretou a personagem muito bem. Esse filme merece aplausos. Full Review »