Overwhelming dislike - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 20 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    Highbrow entertainment this isn't.
  2. Reviewed by: Karen Heller
    This salt-and-pepper buddy movie set in the scenic environs of downtown Brooklyn and the Australian bush is a crowd-pleaser -- for the elementary-school set.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Jumps at chance to be silly.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Will parents be able to sit through Kangaroo Jack without plunging sharp sticks into their eyes? The short answer? Yes. Barely.
  5. 40
    Likable but negligible.
  6. 38
    The film's crude humor and violence -- cartoonish, but still violent -- should offend parents of younger kids. Yet its ultra-broad, pratfall-filled comedy will satisfy only the most indiscriminate teens.
  7. 38
    A dumb, by-the-numbers children's movie.
  8. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    This fish-out-of-water buddy/action comedy is aimed squarely at undiscriminating 10-year-olds, and that demographic may well enjoy it.
  9. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    Run -- don’t walk -- from this film or you might end up watching a bad CGI character do a painful Dr. Evil impression.
  10. 25
    The 'roo doesn't talk, except in a dream sequence…I'm dying here.
  11. In the life-is-too-short category, file Kangaroo Jack as a sub-Farrelly Brothers, dumb-plus-dumber buddy picture.
  12. A desert of shrill juvenile jokes and clanging chase sequences.
  13. The kangaroo is devoid of charm, as are the actors, who have the chemistry of fingernails on a blackboard.
  14. 20
    Bruckheimer shifts from high-concept historical romance "Pearl Harbor" and high-concept T&A "Coyote Ugly" to a first attempt at high-concept light comedy, yet only his fondness for dragging acting talent down with him carries over.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    For auds unwilling or unable to grapple with the subtle nuances of "Scooby Doo," Warners now gives us Kangaroo Jack, a shrill and silly farce.
  16. Indeed, the largely computer-generated Jack acts the pants off his co-stars, which can and should be taken with a whole trough full of salt.
  17. 10
    Straight from the fiery, churning bowels of high-concept hell comes Kangaroo Jack, Bruckheimer's idea of kid-friendly fare, and some of the longest 90 minutes ever committed to film.
  18. Were it not for the involvement of producer Bruckheimer, who has made billions by conning millions into believing they can't live without his celluloid crack, it's doubtful Kangaroo Jack would even exist. As it stands now, the "movie" barely exists anyway.
  19. 10
    88 minutes of desperate gyrations intended to simulate humor.
  20. What better to do with such a quiet, majestic landscape than to liven it up with the noise and vulgarity of lowest-common-denominator American pop culture?
  21. There are two distinctive features to the movie: the mind-numbingly banal plot as one chases another who chases another, and all the offensive material.
  22. It's fitting that the kangaroo gives the most lifelike performance.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe McGovern
    Virtually every shot of the kangaroo was digitally created, and perhaps that was an insurance policy masterstroke. Forcing a real live one to act opposite these co-stars could have easily constituted animal cruelty.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 14 out of 34
  1. Oct 26, 2013
    My memory does fade from time to time, but I do remember being unable to apprehend the convoluted storyline and hammy acting and stereotyped subplots. And the artificial computerized Kangaroo Jack is shockingly painful to look at when at a movie theater. Jerry O'Connell was downhill from 'Stand By Me', and Anthony Anderson, I don't when he acts decent, not even in 'The Departed'. I give it a four because I got a few laughs, a few. Otherwise, this would be a one from me. Full Review »
  2. Aug 2, 2012
    this is my favorite movie of all time. sure it is silly, and the premise is silly, but thats the point of the movie. i found it entertaining as a 9 year old, and now as an 18 year old. its a good fun movie. Full Review »
  3. May 29, 2012
    Some jokes work and some don't. Kangaroo Jack has hit or miss humor but the real star is that annoyingly interesting kangaroo. That kangaroo saved the movie with its performance. Full Review »