Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 11 out of 29
  1. 63
    Sandler, at the center, is a distraction; he steals scenes, and we want him to give them back.
  2. There are laughs to be had, yet the movie is, if anything, more strenuous than it is funny.
  3. 63
    It's funnier than "Bedazzled," which isn't saying much.
  4. 20
    Where's Sandler in all this? Lost in gimmicks that smack of desperation. Damn it.
  5. 40
    Diehard Sandler fans will probably find it uproarious, but others will have to make do with the occasional chuckle.
  6. Stoner jokes, awful gags, and just stupid stuff equate to one bad movie.
  7. The kindest thing that can be said about Sandler's sense of humor is that it's unapologetically juvenile.
  8. Little Nicky is but a meek gross-out cousin of "The Waterboy."
  9. Full of kerplunkingly unfunny jokes and ex-"Saturday Night Live" cast members turning up to do shtick.
  10. How much you enjoy this movie depends on how funny you find Sandler talking out the side of his mouth with a gravelly squawk -- for the entire movie.
  11. The film's rhythm is jerky, bouncing all around the place and making some of the setups feel unnecessary.
  12. Bad actors, bad music and bad plot make it a hellish bummer.
  13. A feast of bad taste, a demonic hog-wallow.
  14. It's a clever idea bogged down in sophomoric sloppiness. Sitting through it doesn't feel like eternal damnation, but it's not exactly heaven, either. It's a $9.50 tour of adolescent purgatory.
  15. 60
    Certainly Sandler's most ambitious work. It's not just a bid for respectability but a genuine allegory.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Don't put yourself through this hell.
  17. Little Nicky will please Sandler's fans and likely won't win any converts.
  18. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Hell itself is going to hell in Sandler's new comedy.
  19. 10
    Adam Sandler displays no virtuosity and stirs no pathos in this special-effects comedy.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    Sandler turns the joke around on his detractors and manages to lead a devilishly energetic vehicle that contains about as many laughs as his previous features combined.
  21. Little Nicky will redefine the phrase "worst movie ever," because it might actually be the worst movie ever.
  22. 10
    Sandler deserves to be damned to the pits of hell for this witless masturbatory comedy.
  23. 42
    Though it's debatable whether Sandler is squandered or just supremely annoying here, the film's flaws aren't entirely his fault.
  24. Adam Sandler finally has a good excuse: The devil made him do it.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    50
    Sandler repeats his sweet-souled doofus routine, with nerdy Patricia Arquette as the object of his affections.
  26. Juvenile, sloppy and frequently, idiotically hilarious.
  27. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    10
    Disgusting and humorless mess.
  28. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    62
    Plenty of the tasteless gags don't fly, and for every celebrity cameo that works (a hilariously heavenly Reese Witherspoon), there are two or three that crash and burn.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. Mar 1, 2014
    1
    Like The Waterboy just two years earlier, Sandler creates one of the most annoying characters in comedy history! This time it's a demon from hell. Sandler... you can do better. Full Review »
  2. Jun 9, 2013
    7
    Absolutely crazy and absurd, but that is what makes it so funny. Has all of Sandler's regular casting actors, and some great additions popping up everywhere on the screen. Full Review »
  3. Nov 7, 2012
    1
    It's movie hell, in more ways than one.