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Metascore

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80
Irresistible family entertainment.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Quaid is instantly likable, with that goofy smile. Richardson, who almost always plays tougher roles and harder women, this time is astonishing, she's so warm and attractive.
75
Entertainment Weekly
The natural, pleasurable 1990s hipness [Lohan] brings to her assignment is therefore all the more impressive. Hayley-holics should be grateful to this new girl at camp too.
75
Christian Science Monitor
Lohan is sparklingly good as the look-alike little girls, and the movie as a whole has enough bounce and energy to overcome a few dull spots and a too-long running time.
75
Ignoring these lapses in logic, The Parent Trap' is hugely enter taining and more relevant than most family entertainment.
63
Chicago Tribune
There's something too slickly contrived and hollow about this film. It's a yuppified wish-fulfillment piece dangling between real world and fairy tale, and it's mostly the actors --especially Lindsay and Elaine Hendrix (as the conniving publicist who is trying to marry Hallie and Annie's dad) -- who manage to bring it off. [29 July 1998]
63
Lindsay Lohan, 12-year-old veteran of commercials and television, is a frighteningly poised child who is truly impressive as the long-separated twins.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
It's an enjoyable film, carried along by the perennial strength of the story... But it won't have the staying power of the original.
60
The technology for twinning a single young actress is considerably more seamless than it was in 1961, and Lohan is a perky charmer.
50
USA Today
Young girls will enjoy Lohan's matchmaking antics. But nostalgia-craving oldsters should stick to fond memories of Hayley [Mills]'s heyday.
50
ReelViews
While there's no denying that young actress Lindsay Lohan has spunk, she's not terribly effective in the dual role. Her performance is awkward and unsubtle -- she relies on an unconvincing British accent to cue us in to which girl she's playing at any given moment.
50
Austin Chronicle
Vanilla and sweet, it's an overly generous helping that, if it doesn't make you sick, will put you in a good humor all day long.

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