Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. Just like the can-do VW Beetle of the title, Herbie: Fully Loaded succeeds adorably despite the obstacles in its path.
  2. For those newbies, this update, starring peppery Disney re-do queen Lindsay Lohan as wannabe car racer Maggie Peyton, is as serviceable an introduction as any to the notion of a sentient set of wheels.
  3. It may be by-the-numbers, but it knows that under the right circumstances those numbers can lead to a fair amount of fun.
  4. A perfectly silly movie for a silly season that in recent years has forgotten how to be this silly. Directed by Angela Robinson, this latest installment in the movie-television franchise about a tiny car named Herbie with a will of its own and the temperament of a rambunctious 7-year-old knows exactly what it is and what it isn't.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A pleasingly retro recycling of "The Love Bug."
  6. Matt Dillon almost runs away with the movie as a preening, conniving NASCAR champ who may be dumber than a box of rocks but realizes there's something up with the VW.
  7. The exception is Matt Dillon, who goes all-out to be arrogant and despicable. Indeed, building on his scary performance earlier this year in "Crash," he's shaping up to be quite the movie villain: definitely someone you love to hate.
  8. This remake is about half of a very likable film. But in movies (as in auto races) it isn't how you start, it's how you finish. And Herbie should have kept something in the tank for the late going.
  9. 63
    The movie is pleasant but unspectacular, and at times it borders on being too cute.
  10. Anyone who isn't charmed by the idea of a Beetle crossing the finish line first is either chronically churlish or isn't trying.
  11. Reviewed by: Nona Willis-Aronowitz
    Its vibrating crowd scenes and splashy visuals will please the seven-to-12 set.
  12. Herbie: Fully Loaded is, pure and simple, a children's film.
  13. 50
    The movie is pretty cornball. Little kids would probably enjoy it, but their older brothers and sisters will be rolling their eyes, and their parents will be using their iPods.
  14. Utterly predictable, but pleasant enough for its young target audience.
  15. 50
    One of the great pleasures of the original Love Bug comes in watching all the live-action stunts, and CG just isn't the same.
  16. 50
    Though Lohan doesn't embarrass herself in a film in which she appears in virtually every frame, this tepid tribute to girl power hardly represents a step forward from Lohan's breakthrough roles in "Mean Girls" and the remake of Disney's "Freaky Friday.
  17. It's a kids' movie from a better time, with a few small concessions to modern audiences.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Though not much of a movie, Loaded probably will bring fleeting satisfaction to audiences who don't know Dean Jones from Spike Jones.
  19. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Blandly noisy and inoffensively average.
  20. The acting is adequate, though Lohan looks more like someone who has just gotten out of high school than college.
  21. 50
    Adds up to little more than a cynical marriage of marketable commodities -- Lohan, NASCAR and the durably profitable Bug himself.
  22. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    Only those who really love the Bug will be willing to put up with the loose plot and over-the-top action scenes.
  23. 40
    The film is depressingly wholesome. In that respect, it accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is to distract the children of America from the horror of their eventual futures for a couple more hours.
  24. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    This strict adherence to formula is wearing for anyone over ten, but worse is Lohan.
  25. Sort of annoying, and it doesn't do what you want it to do, but you know, it's so scrappy and persistent that it seems kind of cute in spite of itself.
  26. If "Mean Girls" was Lohan's debutante ball, "Herbie" sits her back at the kiddie table. She's matured, and no longer fits in the Disney mold.
  27. Herbie without the herb has never been my cup of tea.
  28. 30
    In reviving the beloved Disney property, Robinson attempts to resuscitate the fast-motion shots and sub-Three Stooges physical comedy of classic Herbie, but the new model seems distantly related to the innocent, peppy little car of old.
  29. To damn Herbie: Fully Loaded as soporific crap, as lazy profiteering, as yet another needless and cynical remake in a season populated by such con artists, would be as pointless as the movie itself.
  30. For anyone old enough to cross the street without holding hands ... the movie's a reconditioned lemon trying hard to hide its flaws.
  31. Here, by its cooperation with the Disney factory, NASCAR says it's also warm 'n' cuddly, and that if you love your magic bug, it'll repay you with victory. Why does it allow itself to be co-opted by a story that diminishes the skills, experience and talent it takes to win?
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Oct 13, 2013
    Good message, poor execution. This movie could've been so much better. It didn't live up to its full potential, and it had so much of it! But, what more do you expect out of Lohan except being in tabloids? Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2012
    They gave this car a personality and somehow the movie turns out to be a really cool experience. Lindsay Lohan also does great here. The story is the only part that seems average. Full Review »
  3. MatthewR.
    Jun 3, 2006
    65% This is Herbie?! It was a nice idea to make it more modern day but it completely spoils the series. There were porr directing and scriptwriting and did not attempt to try and ge back its classic 'love bug' spirit. Full Review »