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  • Summary: The story of identical twin sisters (Lohan), separated at birth and raised on different continents by their successful parents Nick Parker (Quaid) and Elizabeth James (Richardson). Unaware of each other's existence, the girls coincidentally meet at an exclusive summer camp in Maine. The girls devise a scheme to switch places and ultimately reunite their parents. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Laura Shapiro
    This film has everything for the all-important female audience: feisty heroines, lots of slapstick, great clothes.
  2. Irresistible family entertainment.
  3. Lohan is sparklingly good as the look-alike little girls, and the movie as a whole has enough bounce and energy to overcome a few dull spots and a too-long running time.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Richardson, who gracefully sways through a memorable drunk scene, and Quaid, whose megawatt smile has never been more dazzling, are disarmingly charming as the parents. And that's important; if the actors were any less engaging, the audience might not be so forgiving of their characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    Lindsay Lohan, 12-year-old veteran of commercials and television, is a frighteningly poised child who is truly impressive as the long-separated twins.
  6. 60
    The technology for twinning a single young actress is considerably more seamless than it was in 1961, and Lohan is a perky charmer.
  7. 40
    This 1998 romantic comedy mostly bores with its cumbersome exposition and close-ups of trivial objects scattered throughout lackluster montage sequences.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. JamesK
    Jun 20, 2008
    One of my favourite family films:) love it.. lindsay lohan was so great,,pity about the drugs but i still love her! Can't wait for her new album:) Expand
  2. Aug 8, 2011
    Loved this remake. Cant beat the original but the new one is very enjoyable! I have seen it countless times and I'm 22. Lindsay was so great as a kid. This being her first film and she took on split roles, I think its impressive. Not of a fan of her later work. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2014
    I adore this movie! Lindsay Lohan is the perfect actress for both parts, she has the flair to be able give both completely different personalities and you actually do believe you're watching 2 different girls. The storyline is sweet and family orientated, and shows that there is hope in the world. Expand
  4. AndrewG
    Jun 1, 2009
    I love this film, it's been a favourite of mine since I was little. Natasha Richardson and Lindsay Lohan are both great in this film.
  5. Jul 17, 2014
    One of my childhood's most watched movies. I remember renting it from a video store. You should definitely watch it if you haven't. 8/10 is my score
  6. Feb 2, 2013
    This is a fairly good family flick and one I've seen a few times now growing up and it still has the same effect. Lindsay Lohan in her first major role before she went off the rails as well! I can't compare it to the original having not seen it, but it appears they have done a respectable remake here with a good line-up of actors and characters, with an eventful storyline that goes through quite a few stages (hence being a long film). Overall nothing groundbreaking, but a good film. Expand
  7. May 15, 2013
    Annoying cynical crud. Lohan is excellent, but there is not an honest moment in this film. Syrupy music, two selfish parents who deprive the twins from knowing each other I can excuse 8 year olds for enjoying Parent Trap, but anyone older who does, I'm guessing must believe in angels and the Easter Bunny as well. Expand

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