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75
Entertainment Weekly
Martin and Hunt are exactly the right lively but not sticky authority figures to keep the house (and the comedy pace) bouncing.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Lighthearted fun.
60
Village Voice
Solidifying his funnyman rep, Ashton Kutcher appears as oldest child Piper Perabo's model-actor boyfriend, a delightfully brainless narcissist.
60
Chicago Reader
Be forewarned: this comedy bears only the faintest resemblance to the classic book and film of the same name.
50
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.
50
As synthetic as a plastic Christmas tree.
40
Variety
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.
38
New York Daily News
There is not a frame of "Cheaper" that doesn't feel contrived. It fails the most fundamental test of movie logic.
38
New York Post
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.
30
Dallas Observer
Nothing happens. At all. Ever. Remember when Steve Martin was funny? Apparently, neither does he.

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