(2002)

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Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Boston Globe
Armed with a dinner theater accent and hair that looks like an LP melted on his head, Turturro pockets the picture. As a demonstration of his newly accessed maturity and benevolence, Sandler helps him do it.
75
Miami Herald
Surprisingly sweet and, dare we say it, old-fashioned, with an engaging sense of humor that's a definite improvement on lame, lowbrow efforts such as "Little Nicky."
63
If Sandler felt compelled to take on a role immortalized by Gary Cooper, at least it wasn't as "Sergeant York," "Lou Gehrig" or the sheriff in "High Noon."
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Sandler nimbly steps into the role created by Cooper and makes it his nebbishy own, something that cannot be said for Ryder's attempt to rethink the Arthur part. Ryder is lovely, but perhaps too sincere an actress to play a wiseacre.
63
Charlotte Observer
The supporting cast is almost uniformly good, from Conchata Ferrell as a sympathetic waitress to Erick Avari as a corporate type with a surprisingly big heart and a hidden silly streak. Turturro relishes his quiet overplaying and steals the bulk of his scenes.
50
Entertainment Weekly
An idiot variation on Frank Capra's ''Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,'' might have been thrown together in even less time than it takes Sandler to get dressed in the morning; it feels sort of like the dumbest corporate comedy of 1987.
50
A stink bomb of a movie.
50
New York Post
Sporadically funny, dumbed-down version.
38
New York Daily News
Something's wrong with the math here -- the inheritance of the story's small-town hero is enlarged from $20 million to $40 billion, yet the new movie isn't worth the price of a Depression-era ticket.
20
Wall Street Journal
The remake stumbles from a ragged start into a child's garden of worses -- worse than the original in more ways than you could imagine.
10
Rolling Stone
It's not just that the movie itself is wicked awful, it's that Mr. Deeds brings out the worst in Adam Sandler.

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