Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 9 out of 14

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  1. The movie is decidedly old-fashioned, aiming to send kids and their parents out of the theater feeling good about themselves.
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Pure wish-fulfillment for Shaq-watchers who can't get enough of their 7-foot-1 basketball hero. [17 July 1996, p. 9D]
  3. It's probably just passable for children, but adolescents won't sit still for this bland mixture of mediocre jokes and soft-core action.
  4. 40
    With its uneven mix of comedy, melodrama and action, pic will need all the help Shaq's name and a rap soundtrack can provide.
  5. 40
    Alas, the movie's producers could use a genie of their own. Surely, if granted three wishes, they could have produced a better film.
  6. 38
    As for Shaquille O'Neal, given his own three wishes the next time, he should go for a script, a director and an interesting character.
  7. Is Kazaam racist? In effect, yes. But it'sracism linked to bad marketing: You can't really mix a black-pride rap film with a revamped version of "Free Willie" and expect them to magically jibe.
  8. It takes the movie all of 15 minutes to descend into sub-Spielbergian banalities about poor Max's search for his absentee dad.
  9. The odd truth is that the film's novice star is better than the material.
  10. Memo to Shaquille O'Neal: Don't give up your night job.
  11. The plot is hamstrung by trite formulas, and there's too much violence and family tension for very young viewers. Shaquille O'Neal is likable as the title character, though.
  12. 25
    This is as witless as movies come -- an unamusing, moronic blend of horrible acting and inept screenwriting.
  13. Original enough to come up with new ways to go wrong. For one, the film is a blatant showcase to promote O'Neal as a rap artist.
  14. It's full of special effects that are big on smoke and noise, but short on logic and payoff.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    The kind of movie you really wish you could forget you enjoyed at some point in your life. So much bad writing. So much bad acting.
  2. HaroldW.
    Sep 10, 2007
    Entertaining fable for kids, and not at all "dark" ( as some critics said it was) by present day standards and sensibilities.
  3. asdfa.
    Feb 25, 2006
    Ok, so I can't tell if Ryan, and Connor K. and Jake are being sardonic, but i really hope they are cuz this is just a terrible movie. Ok, so I can't tell if Ryan, and Connor K. and Jake are being sardonic, but i really hope they are cuz this is just a terrible movie. But, if u love marijuana and stupid funny movies (which i do) this is definitely a 10. Full Review »