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  • Summary: A successful financial executive has more time for his blackberry than his seven-year-old daughter, but when he has a crisis of confidence and his career starts going down the drain, however, he finds the solution to all his problems in his daughter’s imaginary world. (Paramount Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Perry Seibert
    88
    By no means a landmark, but it is a remarkably pleasant surprise -- so few movies aimed for the whole family show an understanding of why it's actually healthy to pretend.
  2. Mr. Murphy rises to every occasion, not only with the crisp wit that has long been his hallmark, but with restraint and tenderness that serve him well.
  3. The result is a much more playable film than recent efforts, though Murphy will have to share the applause with young Yara Shahidi.
  4. Twenty-five years ago, it would have been impossible to imagine that Imagine That would see Eddie Murphy and The Beatles coming together to create family entertainment, but I'll be darned if it doesn't work.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt
    60
    Genuinely sweet and endearing Murphy film, at last.
  6. There's something sweet about the way that Murphy throws himself into this piffle. Thomas Haden Church does too.
  7. 25
    Though he commits to a lot of embarrassing silliness, Murphy projects so little genuine warmth that his transformation barely registers.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. ss
    Jun 12, 2009
    9
    Great to know their are enchanting movies out there that define success in a new light! Definitely would recommend this movie to all families!
  2. LesterE
    Jun 15, 2009
    8
    Our family enjoyed the movie, funny and charming. I think more people should keep an open mind. I think Eddie Murphy is getting a bad rap since his last few movies bombed. Expand
  3. Jun 6, 2011
    7
    A fun family movie that will have you laughing until the end, while the story and the lesson being taught are predictable, it's the humor that sets it apart, while it may not do much new it's still an enjoyable movie for the family. Expand
  4. kgm
    Jun 23, 2009
    4
    Thomas Haden Church is brilliant as Johnny Whitefeather
  5. Nov 16, 2013
    4
    Imagine That is simply a nice kids film.
    A bit of a modern fairy tale, Imagine that isn't bad nor great. A decent kids film with a few laughs
    and not really very memorable. Murphy does well and overall its cute fun. Expand
  6. ChadS
    Jun 15, 2009
    2
    [***SELF-POLICING SPOILER ALERT***] Olivia(Yara Shahidi) is daddy's little executive. Although the film pretends otherwise, there's a strong possibility that she's the one with the shrewd business mind. The audience never sees Olivia's imaginary friends. Unlike Disney's "The Barefoot Executive" where the audience sees the network television programming chimp that Steven Post(Kurt Russell) exploits for his own personal gain. Since you can compensate a lower primate with bananas, there's nothing particularly unethical about the opportunistic mailboy taking all the credit for Raffles' media savviness. But your own flesh and blood? Evan(Eddie Murphy) has no scruples. The financial executive never considers the possibility that Olivia might be a child prodigy. If he did, another Lennon-esque title, "Gimme Some Truth", would emerge out from the film's subtext and cannibalize the bizarre children's movie's premise about a cabal of princesses who crunch numbers. "Imagine That" knows less about its demographics than the concurrent "Land of the Lost". In "Drop Dead Fred", Phoebe Cates saw her imaginary friend, whereas the little girl in "Opal Dream"(based on the novel "Pobby and Dingan" by Ben Rice) doesn't. Both films knew its respective audiences. Meanwhile, "Imagine That" has Eddie Murphy mugging for the camera, to little comedic effect, before thrusting his business portfolios at the thin air. Blanket, my ass. Olivia is at that tender age where children don't want to beat their parents. That's why she takes no credit for her father's success. Expand
  7. PaulS
    Jun 12, 2009
    0
    Imagine that Eddie Murphy is still funny, becuase he sure ain't in this movie.

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