Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 9 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Its overall view of 12-year-old life is essentially one of high-spirited fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Surprisingly amusing.
  3. Reviewed by: Jane Horwitz
    It's a clever plot with a minimum of the already tired standard kids-on-computers sequence and a maximum of silly face-to-face deflation.
  4. 63
    It's the pre-teen set who will revel in the adolescent angst and anarchic high jinks of Max Keeble.
  5. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    Realistic, it's not. But Max Keeble's Big Move, predictable though it may be, makes most of the right moves for the older elementary/younger middle school market.
  6. Bland, occasionally funny.
  7. 50
    It is the kind of movie one enjoys more at 8, or even 12, than at 16 and up.
  8. 50
    The impulse to shtick it up to burlesque-level inanity is encouraged at every turn.
  9. While some of Max's pranks are exhilarating and funny -- the movie takes too long setting things up and, once the pranks are over, dawdles to its inevitable conclusion.
  10. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    A shamelessly derivative, if basically likeable, kid's picture.
  11. It's just a setup for another bad sight gag that ends up where the script itself belongs, in the trash.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The real shocker is how many grown men it took to conceive and write this lamebrained tale.
  13. Garish, squeal-pitched preteen comedy.
  14. 30
    Even though children will probably enjoy the film, without any intelligent humor or surprises, Max Keeble's Big Move will definitely disappoint those who were born before 1988.
  15. A frenetic affair, busy and silly enough to make family froth like "The Princess Diaries" look like Grand Illusion.
  16. This clunky juvenile comedy lurches among multiple story lines without fully realizing the comic potential of any.
  17. A movie like this depends on clever bits and incidents, but there's little invention here to disguise the film's formulaic nature.
  18. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    I'd write it all off as something that is, after all, intended for young viewers -- but then I'd be insulting their intelligence as cruelly as the movie does.
  19. 20
    The writers must have racked their brains for the formula: two parts other movies to one part childhood revenge fantasies
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Feb 3, 2014
    Enjoyable for kids from ages 6-12, but almost everyone out of that age range will not find this movie to be that good. There's much better fare out there for kids anyway. Full Review »
  2. Oct 3, 2013
    I simply love this movie. I saw it so long ago and it's still the funniest movie I've seen in my life. Unlike most live-action films, it's stylish and colourful. A lot is simple but you watch Max perform and it's like you're watching him in real life because of its energy, which is mostly how it gets its laughs on it's own. It's not my favourite movie ever, but simply a must-see for young and old. Full Review »
  3. May 16, 2011
    The movie was average to say the least. kids from 6-11 would enjoy it. And to be honest, there were some ok moments but not enought to convince me that this film is good. Full Review »