Metascore
16

Overwhelming dislike - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 20 out of 25
  1. 38
    A dumb, by-the-numbers children's movie.
  2. 25
    The 'roo doesn't talk, except in a dream sequence…I'm dying here.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Will parents be able to sit through Kangaroo Jack without plunging sharp sticks into their eyes? The short answer? Yes. Barely.
  4. A desert of shrill juvenile jokes and clanging chase sequences.
  5. 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.
  6. It's fitting that the kangaroo gives the most lifelike performance.
  7. In the life-is-too-short category, file Kangaroo Jack as a sub-Farrelly Brothers, dumb-plus-dumber buddy picture.
  8. The kangaroo is devoid of charm, as are the actors, who have the chemistry of fingernails on a blackboard.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Jumps at chance to be silly.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    20
    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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    30
    This fish-out-of-water buddy/action comedy is aimed squarely at undiscriminating 10-year-olds, and that demographic may well enjoy it.
  17. 40
    Likable but negligible.
  18. 10
    88 minutes of desperate gyrations intended to simulate humor.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    50
    Highbrow entertainment this isn't.
  21. Reviewed by: Karen Heller
    50
    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.
  22. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    30
    Run -- don’t walk -- from this film or you might end up watching a bad CGI character do a painful Dr. Evil impression.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe McGovern
    0
    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
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 36
  2. Negative: 16 out of 36
  1. DaveT.
    Mar 5, 2008
    10
    This is the single greatest stoner movie of all time. Just after it came out i was a major stoner, and me and my mate would watch this movie every weekend. We loved it. god bless you kangaroo jack, i might have kicked the habit, but the memories will last a life time. Full Review »
  2. KM
    Mar 19, 2009
    9
    I'm not going to say anything about plot, but I liked this movie and it is also one of the first movies that introduced me to the comedic talent of Anthony Anderson. Full Review »
  3. 6A
    Aug 8, 2007
    6
    Okay, I know it wasn't as good as lord of the rings but, It's a funny little movie to see with your kids.