Reviews: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

alexanderReviews for this film from our members:

  • Nicholas Bell @
    • Excerpt: To those outside of its heteronormative clutches, the film plays rather like an excellent case study for theories related to population control and the weird social experiment that families tend to resemble.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: Entertaining family film based on the classic children’s book about dealing with difficulties with optimism.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is a cute and fun – if not somewhat disposable – film that both kids and parents can enjoy.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a cute enough family film about empathy, but it’s based in a Disney reality where parents never snap…young Ed Oxenbould holds the center as the unfortunate Alexander.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [F]orces its characters into kooky scenarios with little interest if those scenarios make any sense for the characters or in any form of real-world experience.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ is more succinct than its title suggests, as well as an excellent source of family-friendly entertainment.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Bad things happening to people has been the basis for many comedies: The Out of Towners, Home Alone, etc. The cast gamely registers discomfort in awkward situations with amusing results.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: It’s strictly for kids, this very silly, mostly sweet tale of middle-school angst, with a few nonconformist hand grenades tossed in for good measure.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Despite the obvious set ups and a day with so much stuff crammed into it for any family in the history of families, Alexander is borderline recommendable for those with kids.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is actually pleasingly solid family entertainment that even makes some bold (or questionable) choices within the Disney banner to go with its accident-filled, “jumping from the frying pan into the fire” plot. If that’s what a pleasant surprise sounds like, then we’ll take it.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Though one can name lots of worse family movies, if not horrible, terrible, and very bad this one is–considering its pedigree and the quality of the cast–disappointingly mediocre.
  • David William Upton @ So So Gay
    • Excerpt: Alexander… thrives on destruction, gleefully watching as things collapse, explode and burn. It all lives just within the boundaries of realistic, escaping the need to make the audience complicit in Alexander’s belief in the moment of magic granted to him.
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