Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 18 out of 33
  1. 38
    There's no chemistry between Deeds and Babe, but then how could there be, considering that their characters have no existence, except as the puppets in scenes of plot manipulation.
  2. 10
    It's not just that the movie itself is wicked awful, it's that Mr. Deeds brings out the worst in Adam Sandler.
  3. 30
    This is a terrible movie in its own right, tasteless and condescending -- if Sandler's character is an Everyman, than the Everyman of today is a boorish jackass
  4. Hollywood movies are once again taking on the job that Andy Griffith–era TV sitcoms used to fill, touting homespun values in Never Land.
  5. What's most interesting about this new film is how lacking it is in any of the things, from humor to emotion to halfway decent acting, we might go to a movie for. There's not even enough here to get mad at.
  6. The remake stumbles from a ragged start into a child's garden of worses -- worse than the original in more ways than you could imagine.
  7. The projectors in the theater practically shut down with boredom.
  8. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    This is another of those post-Saturday Night Live vehicles in which ineptitude and laziness are supposed to be taken as irony: It's not bad, it's "bad." Actually, it's "terrible":
  9. 20
    Mr. Deeds is mostly terrible, a shambles of a comedy that looks as if it was shot by a tabloid news crew.
  10. Nothing about this movie works.
  11. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A perfectly dreadful film.
  12. Something's wrong with the math here -- the inheritance of the story's small-town hero is enlarged from $20 million to $40 billion, yet the new movie isn't worth the price of a Depression-era ticket.
  13. Turturro is the one thing that's right with the movie. Perhaps the weakest thing about the new "Deeds" is its utter lack of a strong viewpoint and real emotion.
  14. 25
    Adam Sandler does Frank Capra wrong. His unfunny remake stomps all over the honest values and endearing qualities of the original.
  15. Crazy, ugly and scary. In fact, a sense of the grotesque runs thought the film; an extended joke about Sandler's black, dead foot (from frostbite as a kid) borders on something you find in John Waters.
  16. Stay home. Your entertainment-seeking efforts would be better expended perusing old phone books. The white pages.
  17. A torturous, mawkish, ill-conceived remake.
  18. Sandler is -- à la "The Wedding Singer" -- in his washout romantic mode here, and no amount of spastic-colon jokes, cartoon violence or good-buddy cameos (Al Sharpton, John McEnroe) can distract from the fact that Gary Cooper he ain't.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 52
  2. Negative: 14 out of 52
  1. CharlesM.
    Jan 31, 2006
    There are some of the funniest scenes ever produced in a movie. Don't take it to serious or compare to anything else.
  2. FrankO.
    Jan 28, 2006
    A silly romantic comedy that barely kept my interest; Peter Gallagher and John Turtorro were stars of movie, what is with all the anger & violence from Sandler? Full Review »
  3. chw
    Jul 19, 2014
    This wasn't as bad as the critics are saying! I mean, sure it's an Adam Sandler styled movie, but it's not Grown Ups 2 or Billy Madison for Gods sake!