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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Family . Comedy

Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Actors: Ed Oxenbould , Dylan Minnette , Burn Gorman , Donald Glover , Kerris Dorsey , Megan Mullally , Jennifer Coolidge , Dick Van Dyke , Jennifer Garner , Steve Carell , Bella Thorne
Directors: Miguel Arteta
Country: USA
Release: 2014-10-10
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  • Sheila O'Malley

    Humorous and poignant. There are a couple of scenes that fall flat, losing the manic push of the rest of the story, but the mood is so screwball that the film hurtles past its own mistakes. It's good fun. Full Review
  • Sandie Angulo Chen

    Arteta keeps the pace fast and frenetic and doesn’t mind spotlighting potty jokes... but even the bathroom humor is forgivable when the end result is a crowd-pleasing comedy and a surprisingly entertaining treat for the whole family.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    Alexander is a watchable, affable, pretty good, well-done kids’ movie buoyed by a humorous script and talented cast.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lindsey Bahr

    Alexander is pleasantly devoid of the vulgarity and too-current pop culture references that are the default mode for many contemporary live-action kids' pics, and its earnest celebration of family gives the movie a comforting throwback vibe.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    It’s funny, fast, and charming.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    As the parents of four, Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner are a good match, her energetic intensity mixing nicely with his laid-back demeanor, and both underplaying their inherent adorableness.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    Alexander narrates with a rueful, put-upon worldly wisdom that instantly enlists our sympathy, and the young actor Ed Oxenbould may be the most appealing junior loser we’ve seen since Peter Billingsley wished for an air rifle in "A Christmas Story."

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    Disney’s bland comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day might have been a little more entertaining if it had been a little more, terrible, horrible, no good and so forth.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The overall message is pleasantly sweet: Bad days happen. Not only are they inevitable, but they serve to make the good times worth savoring. There's nothing dreadful about that.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    What the filmmakers come up with is a modestly likable mix of zany and gently warmhearted, even if they overdo both elements at times.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s just competent, light entertainment.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Amusing as it often is, it's all also fairly predictable stuff. If there's one thing Arteta's script is missing, it's imagination.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The film does not have the courage of the book, which felt no need to tie a nice pretty bow on everything. But it's fun enough for a good while (it's only 81 minutes long), and that's enough.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The movie’s admirable fleetness, however, doesn’t mitigate some of its narrative errors — Alexander’s opening voiceover suggests his family is totally oblivious to his role in their misery, which is disproved by a later scene — nor does it counteract an overall sense of slightness that prevents this from being a family-film classic.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    For family entertainment, you could do a lot worse.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The homily-laden wrap-up, stressing the upside of bad days, is enough to make you hold your nose, but it only lasts a moment, which is suggestive of the way Arteta and the cast provide the energy and momentum to get the job done but not overstay their welcome.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    A passable, tolerable, not unbearable, totally inoffensive adaptation of Judith Viorst’s beloved 1972 children’s book.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    For a comedy set around one epic catastrophe of a rotten day, this wisp of a farce feels strangely chaos-deficient.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The first half is nothing but silly setups for a stretch run that admittedly has its moments of wacky pandemonium, just not enough.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    A sweet, if predictable, kids' comedy. But you have to overlook the conveniently inconsistent behavior of all the characters - except in Garner's case. She never establishes a character.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    At the moment, modestly amusing does not stave off that desire for a really great live-action family film after years of watching the terrain land-grabbed by animation.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is the latest example of a wonderful children’s book turned into a mediocre movie.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    It’s a painfully minor movie that doubles as an accidental study in how pros handle themselves when given less-than-challenging material.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    The expansion has the unintended and unfortunate effect of doing exactly the same thing to Alexander he accused his family of doing in the first place: marginalizing him.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Just another loud, boy-centric comedy aimed at ’tweens. The movie turns a slight children’s book — in this case, Judith Viorst’s 1972 fave, from which it takes mainly the title — into a charmless mishmash.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Sherilyn Connelly

    While it has its moments, Miguel Arteta's comedy relies too much on gender-shaming and emasculation jokes.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Can a series of irritating events make a movie? Yes, but an irritating one: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Ordona

    But who cares what grumpy old grown-ups think? This reviewer watched with two movie-loving kids, and they did each laugh. Twice.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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