(1999)

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80
The A.V. Club
Sandler's best movie, a surprisingly touching and consistent comedy that finds him reaching out to new audiences without abandoning the transgressive meanness that has enlivened his best work.
70
Variety
While the loyal male-teen aud core will not be disappointed with the spate of gags just for them, story contains solid date-movie material.
50
Sander has turned mediocrity into the triumph of the smug.
50
Film Threat
Hooter babes and the ubiquitous Steve Buscemi is a riot as the mercurial bum on the street.
50
In a sense, Sandler is damned if he develops, damned if he devolves. But he needn't apologize for being who he is by turning a goldmine sitcom into a tame "Baby Boom" for guys.
42
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Though the cast is talented, the script is a mess. It's essentially a collision of missed opportunities.
38
Chicago Sun-Times
Big Daddy should be reported to the child welfare office.
38
Chicago Tribune
Recycling the regressive humor of his (Sandler’s) previous films, it piles on so much sentimentality that you wonder how anyone could consider him a renegade. [25 June 1999, Friday, p.A]
30
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Sandler being Chaplinesque isn't pretty; he's just doing his smart-aleck slacker shtick with a moister eye.
0
Nasty to women, cruel to old people and tosses in a cardboard gay couple for gratuitous laughs. It's also got one of those annoying soundtracks that lays rock music right over the dialogue -- as if it wanted to distract us from it.

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