(2009)

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Metascore

Based on 23 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
By no means a landmark, but it is a remarkably pleasant surprise -- so few movies aimed for the whole family show an understanding of why it's actually healthy to pretend.
75
Superior family fare.
70
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Murphy rises to every occasion, not only with the crisp wit that has long been his hallmark, but with restraint and tenderness that serve him well.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
The result is a much more playable film than recent efforts, though Murphy will have to share the applause with young Yara Shahidi.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
While Imagine That falls short of its feel-good aim, its feel-nice vibe is a good Father's Day diversion for Dads and their spawn.
63
Amusing without ever being break-out funny.
63
Despite an overly broad third act, one can't fault the film's message of family unity, underscored by a memorable use of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love."
60
For the first time since "The Nutty Professor," Eddie Murphy successfully mixes his adult and kid-film personas -- imagine that.
58
There's something sweet about the way that Murphy throws himself into this piffle. Thomas Haden Church does too.
50
Though Imagine That's message is benign, its adult focus is off-base, and every move feels too familiar, formulaic and telegraphed.
50
The plot turns distasteful and shrill before its tidy resolution at the close.

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