Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Reviewed by: Daniel Eagan
    Most of The Spy Next Door is pretty tired stuff from "Pacifier"-style slapstick to comic relief delivered by, of all people, erstwhile country star Billy Ray Cyrus.
  3. 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.
  4. 42
    Chan’s anything-goes affability keeps the film from scraping bottom.
  5. 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.
  6. Immediately forgettable family entertainment, suitable for release only in the dung-heap month of January.
  7. 40
    The outtakes are not all that great but still better than anything else in the movie.
  8. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Chan struggles gamely to charm, but the picture's cartoonish jokes and misfired gags are likely to elicit more eye rolls than laughs.
  9. 38
    Everybody knew to wait for the outtakes during the closing credits, because you'd see him miss a fire escape or land wrong in the truck going under the bridge. Now the outtakes involve his use of the English language.
  10. This is “True Lies” without the striptease or the Arab-maiming.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The film’s so formulaic your 6-year-old will be ticking off the plot points as they lope by.
  13. 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.
  14. In middle age Jackie Chan can't keep coasting on boyish charm, as evidenced by this dreadful family comedy that does him no favors with its opening title sequence.
  15. 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?
  16. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    A mostly inoffensive nothing of a film with one or two mild chuckles and lots of chop-socky commotion.
  17. Chan's comedic gifts and still-nimble moves are wasted in a string of unimaginative household calamities and practical jokes.
  18. 25
    Limp and lifeless, this Next Door neighbor should be evicted to DVD.
  19. The movie even has the nerve to start with a montage of moments from his better films, a bad idea that sets off an escalating tumble downhill.
  20. The little action here will disappoint fans; it’s way too choppy.
  21. 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).
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Oct 15, 2011
    This is it. Jackie Chan ain't no star anymore. "The Spy Next Door" says it all.
  2. 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 stupidWHY 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 Full Review »
  3. RustyS
    Jan 19, 2010
    This movie had a lot of potential. And it lived up to it. Great job!