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Cheaper by the Dozen

Family . Drama . Comedy

The Baker brood moves to Chicago after patriarch Tom gets a job coaching football at Northwestern University, forcing his writer wife, Mary, and the couple's 12 children to make a major adjustment. The transition works well until work demands pull the parents away from home, leaving the kids bored -- and increasingly mischievous.

Actors: Morgan York , Liliana Mumy , Jacob Smith , Alyson Stoner , Kevin G. Schmidt , Hilary Duff , Tom Welling , Piper Perabo , Bonnie Hunt , Steve Martin
Directors: Shawn Levy
Country: USA
Release: 2003-12-25
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  • Roger Ebert

    Lighthearted fun.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    It's not just a feel-good holiday movie, though audiences, especially youngsters, will certainly walk out of it feeling good.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Sara Brady

    Cheaper entertains a broad audience by recalling an age of family filmmaking when that term wasn’t synonymous with crap.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Equal parts fantasy and cautionary tale, a film that manages to be uplifting and off-putting simultaneously -- fortunately, more the former than the latter.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Martin and Hunt are exactly the right lively but not sticky authority figures to keep the house (and the comedy pace) bouncing.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    Isn't without charm, or laughs. Director Shawn Levy's film features some of the best child actor casting since "The Little Rascals."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ed Park

    Solidifying his funnyman rep, Ashton Kutcher appears as oldest child Piper Perabo's model-actor boyfriend, a delightfully brainless narcissist.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Hank Sartin

    Be forewarned: this comedy bears only the faintest resemblance to the classic book and film of the same name.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Thanks to Martin and Hunt, who both have a seemingly casual flair for mining laughs from even the most generic lines of dialogue, Cheaper by the Dozen works better than it might have in less capable hands, but even they're challenged by some of the picture's forced mood swings.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Soft, sentimental, and as unlike real family life as you can get.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Christine Dolen

    If only director Shawn Levy and the screenwriters had gone for cute and interesting instead of dull and cloyingly sentimental.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Much as I adore Martin and Hunt, whose matching tongue-in-cheek delivery and finite patience make them seem more like siblings than spouses, their movie is indistinguishable from an Afterschool Special.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Makes one long for Martin's edgy work in films such as "The Spanish Prisoner."

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Martin puts a thankless gloss on the antic role he played in "Parenthood." As his wife, Hunt is the movie's saving grace.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Much of the film feels like watching "Home Alone" and "Mr. Mom" on 12 different TVs at once.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    As synthetic as a plastic Christmas tree.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    An unobjectionable if uninspired updating of a classic family story for the minivan generation.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Resembles nothing more than an overstuffed, undernourished "Brady Bunch" episode, only not as funny.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    Generally amusing -- if occasionally overly sentimental.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Niall MacPherson

    The film works best when it taps into the chaos generated by the kids, and there are a number of suitably anarchic Home Alone-style set-pieces.

    Empire Full Review
  • Jon Strickland

    Nobody here, especially Martin, looks as if he's having much fun, apart from a dizzy cameo by Ashton Kutcher as oldest daughter Piper Perabo's model-actor beau, riffing heavy-handedly on his pretty-boy image, and loving it.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    Unfortunately knows no tone between schmaltzy/gooey and slapstick/gross-out. Pic is as far from the original pic and its autobiographical memoir source as it can be while retaining the same title.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    There is not a frame of "Cheaper" that doesn't feel contrived. It fails the most fundamental test of movie logic.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Everyone learns a lesson by movie’s end: Don’t put work before family. Curiously, no one learns that all this could have been avoided with a good method of birth control.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    Nothing happens. At all. Ever. Remember when Steve Martin was funny? Apparently, neither does he.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    A bubbling crockpot of farcical mush to warm the tummies of anyone who really and truly misses "The Brady Bunch," and I mean really and truly.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    The same studio has aimed a remake at the same family market. Translation: The once-modest piece has been redesigned as a vehicle (a lumbering SUV) for Steve Martin, stripped of any vestigial charm, and then thrown into neutral, where its manic engine does nothing but roar loudly and pointlessly for the duration.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Something of a shambles -- a shambles about a shambles -- but bound for big success and deservedly so.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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