While his wife (Bonnie Hunt) is away on business, a college-football coach (Steve Martin) must handle the chaos surrounding his 12 children.
" This remake of the 1950 movie is a bubbling crockpot of farcical mush to warm the tummies of anyone who really and truly misses The Brady Bunch. "
" From playful mugging to tender affection, Martin exudes a strong star persona, and he and Hunt share romantic warmth despite a dearth of alone time. "
" This is a movie that knows its audience and realizes it doesn't need much of a story to hit that audience, literally, where it lives. "
" We are not only asked to find the barbarian Baker brood a model of familial loyalty and unconditional devotion, we're also asked to regard with contempt everyone else who does not share the Bakers' unbridled consumerist anarchy. "
" The cartoonish chaos will engage little ones, while Tom's struggle to balance career and home time should keep parents' eyes on the screen. "
" Indistinguishable from an Afterschool Special. "
" There is not a frame of Cheaper that doesn't feel contrived. It fails the most fundamental test of movie logic. "
" Martin and Hunt give the production a mellow warmth. And Levy has cast an appealingly diverse bunch of kids to play the young Bakers. "
" So calculatedly cast with popular kid stars that it seems a focus group was guiding all the choices. "
" All you need to know about the slapdash, bogus kiddie flick Cheaper by the Dozen can be summed up by the fact that Ashton Kutcher, making a glorified cameo as a narcissistic model-slash- actor, is the best thing in it. "
" You don't so much watch this witless, charmless, pointless fiasco as sit hostage, waiting for it to end. "
" It's not just a feel-good holiday movie, though audiences, especially youngsters, will certainly walk out of it feeling good. "
" Martin may excel at playing buttoned-down, neurotic men coming apart at the seams, but he is wholly unconvincing playing dad to a lot of cute, precocious tykes from central casting. "
" Less a movie than a testament to marketing. "
" Hollywood has tried too hard, attempting to re-create organic family life through excessive artificiality. "
" Remember when we used to look forward to Steve Martin movies? Those days may be gone with Martin now relegated to messy slapstick comedies that strain to see whether they can be as sentimental as they are predictable. "
" It wastes Hunt's whiplash-quick timing and further reduces the once-wild, once-crazy Martin to the generic father figure he has collected checks for in too many recent movies. "
" Most of Tom and Kate Baker's 12 children seem to have been flown in from a casting office in Burbank. "
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