The Spy Next Door

Metascore
27

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics What's this?

User Score
2.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 77 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: , ,
  • 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 rolesWhen 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
Watch On
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. 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. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    40
    Chan struggles gamely to charm, but the picture's cartoonish jokes and misfired gags are likely to elicit more eye rolls than laughs.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 25
    Limp and lifeless, this Next Door neighbor should be evicted to DVD.
  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).

See all 21 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 8 out of 18
  1. RustyS
    Jan 19, 2010
    10
    This movie had a lot of potential. And it lived up to it. Great job!
  2. EggyG.
    Jan 18, 2010
    7
    Really silly & mindless plot...but surprisingly entertaining. It's like reading a funny comic book. Perfect popcorn movie for whole family.
  3. Jan 24, 2012
    5
    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'sI 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
  4. Feb 23, 2011
    4
    This is a horribly written movie with horrible acting and a horrible plot. The bad guy is hard to understand his motive confusing and so areThis is a horribly written movie with horrible acting and a horrible plot. The bad guy is hard to understand his motive confusing and so are the good guy. The plot *cough*almost*cough* twist are poorly set up and amount to very little. The whole movie is illogical and unreasonable and throwing in a few *cough*almost*cough* stars didn't help. Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2011
    3
    This is it. Jackie Chan ain't no star anymore. "The Spy Next Door" says it all.
  6. k-C
    Jun 20, 2011
    0
    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 mywow..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. Jul 2, 2015
    0
    Easily his worst film he made in Hollywood. I wonder if he just made this for a paycheck or to appeal to children but I'm pretty sure it'sEasily his worst film he made in Hollywood. I wonder if he just made this for a paycheck or to appeal to children but I'm pretty sure it's the former. After all he did say he needed money to make Armour of God 3 and he's even admitted to hating most of his Hollywood movies. So go figure. No wonder this was so terrible. Miley Cyrus' dad was in this, what more needs to be said? Expand

See all 18 User Reviews

Trailers