Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 27
  2. Negative: 16 out of 27
  1. Has sufficient mayhem to please Diesel's action fans while allowing the star to reach out to family audiences.
  2. 50
    All very nice, sometimes we smile, but there's nothing compelling.
  3. 50
    Don't expect perfection, and you'll emerge from this goofy movie all in one piece, with reasonably entertained kids and a milder headache.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Thompson
    It's the sort of stuff younger viewers will love.
  5. Unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger, however, Vin Diesel shows no discernible comedic skills.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Low on Diesel fuel, though probably amusing enough if you're part of the intended demographic, which appears to be the age group that likes to stick fingers up noses.
  7. Here's a bizarre hodgepodge of influences: "Kindergarten Cop" meets "Sound of Music," filtered through the Hulk Hogan movie "Mr. Nanny." The formula, by now so overused it's actually formless, is pure Disney
  8. Mr. Diesel could not have succeeded as a genre-switcher without the proven television talents of the film's able ensemble.
  9. Vin Diesel is out of his element in this lame family comedy.
  10. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    Most of the occasional chuckles are provided by the spunky York, who really gives Diesel a run for his money.
  11. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    If auds swallow this odoriferous exercise in calculated career repositioning, they'll swallow anything.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    JUST worth your children's time, and hardly worth yours.
  13. 38
    Offensive because it offers little more than unleavened stupidity in the place of the family-friendly action and comedy it promises.
  14. Director Adam Shankman pushes together scenes with little rhythm or flow. Writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant ignore credibility, throw in pointless sight gags, treat humiliation as comedy and use tiresome ethnic stereotypes. In short, Diesel doesn't get the help he needs.
  15. A yawn-by-numbers romper-room dud.
  16. 30
    Revealing hitherto unseen depths of stiffness, Diesel stumbles badly in the role.
  17. With no real comedy to enjoy, it's torture to watch Diesel undergo a predictable change from emotionless soldier to loving family man. Makes you want to spit out your pacifier in disgust.
  18. 30
    Director Adam Shankman (Bringing Down the House) can't block a sight gag to save his life.
  19. An abysmal comedy that should have been strangled in its crib.
  20. 25
    If the once red-hot Vin Diesel's overhyped career wasn't finished off by last summer's mega flop "The Chronicles of Riddick," the alleged family comedy The Pacifier ought to do the trick.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Diesel valiantly but unsuccessfully tries to raise this inane bit of Mr. Mommery above its afternoon-special standing.
  22. Ultimately this soppy Pacifier sucks.
  23. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Fails on both an emotional and comedic level.
  24. Is it funny? Not for a minute.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 51
  2. Negative: 18 out of 51
  1. MikeH.
    Aug 24, 2009
    Apparently everyone on this site is an idiot!!! One of the greatest family movies I've ever seen!
  2. [Anonymous]
    Aug 25, 2005
    Thanks for a great time, watching someone "learn" how to have a great time with kids.
  3. Mar 5, 2011
    Although the plot in this movie is cheesy, I thought this movie was hilarious and surprisingly charming, one you and your family will enjoy, just don't expect a deep plot backing it up. Full Review »