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  • Summary: When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval. But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob’s archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career! (Lionsgate) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 13 out of 21
  1. The plot may be forgettable, but the execution is frantic and funny. The Spy Next Door is a movie that will bring smiles to kids - and their grandparents.
  2. 50
    There's nothing wrong with Chan's making a silly comedy for kids. But he's got more in him than grinning, nodding and falling down a lot. All he needs is a filmmaker who's ready to let him to make that leap.
  3. 40
    While it never quite rises above the problems inherent in the material, The Spy Next Door does shine in those moments when Jackie and his stunt crew are permitted to do what they do best.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Chan has more chemistry with the kids than with Valletta, but the story is so insipid that it's likely to only sadden fans of the martial-arts icon and offer little enjoyment to its young audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    That imperishable affability, that eagerness to please his Hollywood bosses, allows Chan to elude many of the indignities thrown his way in The Spy Next Door. It may also be the reason he says yes to a junky movie like this.
  6. 25
    The makers of The Spy Next Door should give 50 percent of their profits to James Cameron for ripping off "True Lies." Let's see, what's 50 percent of nothing?
  7. 0
    Nobody of Chan's legendary stature should ever have to play second banana to George Lopez, and certainly not in a film that was already made five years ago with Vin Diesel (see: The Pacifier).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
  1. Mar 5, 2014
    It wasn't his greatest film of all time. But its comedy, its not meant to be taken seriously. I thought it was pretty funny. Had some goofy plot points and there was enough action to keep me captivated. Reminds me of Dragons Forever and Wheels on meals kind of comedy. Expand
  2. Jan 24, 2012
    I should be giving this film a 3/10 based purely on the fact that it's pants. But I find that adding Jackie Chan to a film (no matter of it's quality) makes it better. He seems to bring a certain amount of fun to what would otherwise be a very bad (rather boring) film. It's the worst film I've seen with Jackie Chan in it though. I should hate it but I can't! Expand
  3. Jan 21, 2012
    WHY JACKIE DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE THIS **** ROLE AND RUIN YOUR REPUTATION. this movie was garbage, so many forced comedy lines and stupid useless characters Expand
  4. Jun 3, 2013
    Sucked!!! No better way to put it. It's so sad that they would even make this movie. I feel bad for anyone that was a apart of this movie. Should have never been made. Expand
  5. Sep 8, 2010
    What were they thinking putting Jackie Chan in a horrible movie,to be as a spy and protecting those annoying children like this? It's like raping the master of kung-fu for putting as a spy and making fun of him with lousing slapsticks. The scenes are too cheap for the visual effects and a waste of the script,the characters are annoying,too many plot points,the jokes are not that funny,and very insulting for putting Jackie Chan in it. Come on people,it's Jackie Chan,the greatest martial arts master who fights and leaps on the poles,and making him downsize for his acting and hurting him so purpose. Even why George Lopez plays as a villain for taking over the world? He really needs to fire his agent! And why they put a teenager girl who finds this older boy so attractive and the older boy fights Jackie Chan? I don't why they make this movie so bad and please the fans will probably like it,but come one what bad movie for putting Jackie Chan on it and it's not entertaining family film for the kids! Expand
  6. k-C
    Jun 20, 2011
    wow..i never know that a movie can be so torturing.watching this was like getting my tooth pulled out..the storyline is so predictable.even my 10 year old sister can predict what happens next. Expand
  7. Apr 8, 2012
    A cheap rip off version of The Pacificier( Vin Diesel) not worth the time. I believe this was a way to say goodbye to the career of a figure like Jackie Chan Expand

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