Metascore
27

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 13 out of 21
Watch On
  1. 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).
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    The film’s so formulaic your 6-year-old will be ticking off the plot points as they lope by.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. This is “True Lies” without the striptease or the Arab-maiming.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 25
    Limp and lifeless, this Next Door neighbor should be evicted to DVD.
  9. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    25
    A mostly inoffensive nothing of a film with one or two mild chuckles and lots of chop-socky commotion.
  10. Chan's comedic gifts and still-nimble moves are wasted in a string of unimaginative household calamities and practical jokes.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    30
    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.
  12. The little action here will disappoint fans; it’s way too choppy.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    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.
User Score
4.7

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
    3
    This is it. Jackie Chan ain't no star anymore. "The Spy Next Door" says it all.
  2. Jan 21, 2012
    4
    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
    10
    This movie had a lot of potential. And it lived up to it. Great job!