...entertaining in spots but too obviously low-budget.
—Daniel Eagan Hollywood Reporter
...precisely what you would expect from a PG-rated Jackie Chan comedy...
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...a lackluster hybrid of The Pacifier, Kindergarten Cop, Daddy Day Care and Agent Cody Banks.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
The Spy Next Door follows Brian Levant?s long track record of pandering, PG-rated family comedies that look like bad TV...
—Scott Tobias Onion AV Club
Chan?s new all-ages vehicle is smooth like oatmeal. It?s hard to imagine anyone being offended, except fans of good comedy.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
It's a sad day for Jackie Chan fans when the action-comedy star is reduced to a vehicle as lame as The Spy Next Door.
—Lael Lowenstein Variety
...immediately forgettable family entertainment, suitable for release only in the dung-heap month of January.
—Melissa Anderson Village Voice
Wast(es) no time setting a precedent for 2010 ineptness...
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine