“The Comedy Works On Some Levels, The Satire Works On Some Levels And The Drama Works On Some Levels. The Problem Is They All Don't Work On The Same Level.”
Fun With Dick & Jane offers the faintly depressing sight of Jim Carrey, like Dick Harper, doing whatever it takes to earn his supper.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The fun in the film's title comes from watching comfortably middle-class people do without the usual buffers and privileges.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The movie's closing dedication to corporate scandals, including Enron, Tyco, Adelphia and WorldCom, is funny. Too bad the film itself isn't as clever.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's fun, and that's fine.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
As satires go, this is a drive-by shooting that tickles.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
This Dick & Jane is precisely the kind of social-problem comedy you'd expect from well-intentioned millionaires unaccustomed to putting their money where their mouths are.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
See Jim Carrey mug for the camera. Mug, Jim, mug!
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Fun With Dick and Jane is the best kind of remake: It takes a dated film most people haven't seen or vaguely remember and updates the basic premise in a way that plugs it into here and now.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
Here is a revised primer: See Jim Carrey ham it up. See Tea Leoni have appealing fun with scant material. See studio execs digging into their vault for old material. See ... oh, why not just wait for the DVD.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Logan Hill - New York Magazine
The movie avoids the rich opportunities to plop Carrey and Leoni into the middle of a political lampoon, and turns to tired slapstick, wigs, false beards, 'funny' bank holdups, and so on.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's inoffensive material with few laughs and even fewer jabs. And when the end credits thank guys such as Jeffrey Skilling and Bernie Ebbers, you'll swear it should be the other way around.
Allison Benedikt - Chicago Tribune
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
The movie starts off silly, soon becomes funny and then skyrockets into irrepressible hilarity.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
They are funny bits, but there are too few of them. Fun With Dick and Jane just isn't all that fun.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Dick and Jane thereby emerge comically and sentimentally as the unlikeliest of collectivist crusaders.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
The rare Hollywood remake that, by daring to reinterpret its source material within a fresh political context, actually has a reason to exist; the results, if not exactly subtle, are still fun enough to fend off any charges of titular false advertising.
Justin Chang - Variety
Speaking of corporate malfeasance, Fun with Dick & Jane cost a disgraceful $100 million -- approximately 33 times the price tag of the 1976 original.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Dick and Jane are fun enough, just not nearly as much fun as they should have been. This is a comedy that's all about the message. It needed to be more about the laughs.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
This kind of zany stuff is Carrey's forte, and so it is for Leoni, too. They make a grand pair, and their willingness to look stupid -- not to mention risking injury with various leaps and pratfalls -- gives the movie humour and energy.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The title Fun With Dick and Jane should be considered creative advertising rather than an audience guarantee.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
In striving for inspiration, Fun with Dick and Jane discovers moments of cleverness, but there aren't enough of them, nor are they sustained.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A shrill remake that opts for shtick over satire.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The film's overall frantic tone can't disguise the fact that the picture offers little delivery for all its buildup. Everyone involved with this production must have known there was a good movie somewhere, but no one's been quite able to find it.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Consider it a signed confession of remake rape when a "produced by Jim Carrey" credit appears atop his noodle-limbed exaggeration of "I Believe I Can Fly." his corporate-greed satire doesn't just lack bite. It lacks gnaw. It even lacks nibble.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
- Time Out New York
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The downward mobility of the middle class straight to the poverty level, or crime often not as evil, but rather economic desperation, are plot points hardly likely to sit well with those who control this economy and profit from it.
Prairie Miller - WBAI Web Radio
An entertaining and zippy 87 minutes.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
In a strange way, it's fitting that a movie about people out of work should itself barely work.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
This cynical look at how the American family can only achieve their dreams through crime is a bit more of a political statement rather than comedic entertainment.
Michael Szymanski - Hollywood.com
- Sydney Morning Herald
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
A sharp, funny shot at people taking their luxe life too seriously.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
The film proposes Carrey as an Everyman for the 21st century. But if you don't sympathize with the film's variations on the American Dream, that's a frightening thought.
Leo Goldsmith - Reverse Shot
Se puede ver simple y sencillamente para pasar el rato, con una buena bolsa de palomitas y un refresco al lado.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
A razor-sharp satire on class struggle and the evaporating America dream, which adroitly masquerades as a screwball star turn.
Simon Braund - Empire Magazine
Carrey and Leoni don't achieve much chemistry, mostly because she's so busy playing straight man to his antics.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
- Time Out
If fun means money, this is near bankrupt.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Divertido e com uma boa mensagem politica, e um exemplo raro em Hollywood: uma comedia que, sem pregacoes, tem algo importante a dizer.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
A more accurate title would be Not Much Fun With Dick and Jane - Carrey and Leoni keep this watchable but it's painfully light on laughs throughout.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A not-so-funny comedy is something we've unfortunately learned to live with. But an unfunny comedy with Jim Carrey out front?
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Sure, you can go and have a few laughs, but it's going to be like that first big paycheck you got before you realized how much is taken off the top, it's just not as good as you hoped for.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
- Deseret News, Salt Lake City
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
If there's meant to be any satire in the idea that these two will do almost anything to maintain their obscene consumerist lifestyle, it's lost in the poking fun at what lots of ordinary working-class folks do to make a living.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Alternating between lowbrow comedy and pointed political commentary is a bold strategy, but the combination results in a film neither dumb enough nor smart enough to work.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Sharp satire coexists uneasily with slapstick comedy... and unless you're Mel Brooks, any attempt to cram them into a blender and hit puree will produce something putrid.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Slumming with Jim and Tea.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Anyone who likes comedy with an edge will be disappointed at the way this film abandons its clever premise.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Carrey delivers farce when what is needed is satire.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Carrey, in particular, seems to be working overtime in an effort to elicit laughs from some decidedly underwhelming material.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It didn't totally suck.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
- Ebert & Roeper
Don't waste our time with sentimental homeless crap
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Like a piece of rancid gorgonzola cheese, this oozed its way into theaters as part of the holiday festivities (I guess Columbia Pictures was out of lumps of coal).
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
No, a remake of "Fun With Dick and Jane" wasn't necessary. But it's a funny, pleasant enough way to enjoy 90 minutes.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The title holds true for about 20 minutes or so in the middle of director Dean Parisot's loose remake of the 1977 Jane Fonda-George Segal vehicle ...
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Carrey's exhuberance blows Leoni off the screen, and that is not a good thing. The movie is about Dick AND Jane!
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A tepid and uninventive remake
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Fun with Dick and Jane feels like a toothless financial fable desperately trying to weed out its satirical naughtiness.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Fun with Dick and Jane produces a handful of big laughs - big enough to make it worth a recommendation.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The material is so inherently loaded, the glib portrait is too glaring.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
An uninspired remake of the 1977 film with George Segal and Jane Fonda.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Laughing at Dick and Jane in savings-account free fall is funny for awhile, but when the script equates Dick's problems with the plight of Mexican migrant workers, the laughs take on a bitter aftertaste.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
- Boston Phoenix
Only fun if you lower your expectations or catch it two years later on TV when you're out of work and can't afford to pay the price of admission for a funnier movie.
Hanh Nguyen - Zap2it.com
Basically, act one is too long, act two is too short and act three comes from another movie.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
... a flabby and chicken-hearted remake
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
- Baltimore Sun
There is some clever social satire here, but only in fits and starts, and never toward a cohesive goal.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Fun With Dick and Jane is a rip-off -- in more ways than one.
Gary Goldstein - Reel.com
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Instead of being a satire of the boom-time keeping up with the Joneses, it morphs into more of a "consumption is king" reaffirmation of that dangerous attitude...would be funnier if it hadn't hurt so many people.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
What a waste!!!
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
It's not exactly "fun" that you have with Dick and Jane. More like bewilderment, boredom and pain.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
See Jim run. See Jim amusingly ad-lib. See Jim run his routine into the ground.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
A sharp and funny 1977 comedy has been dumbed-down by turning it into a lame, overly broad Jim Carrey vehicle.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Neither bad nor particularly good, but just there, which may prove to be its biggest selling point in a season front-loaded with Oscar contenders.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Distances itself by avoiding satire and embracing big, dumb comedy.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Jim Carrey is hilarious as a man who slowly goes insane when his American Dream turns into a nightmare.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The movie errs badly when it forgets it's a comedy, ultimately positing Dick and Jane as middle-class antiheroes acting on behalf of little folk everywhere.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
The only honest thing about the film was they didn't put a gun to your head and make you buy a ticket.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Born and bred to be a winner.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
We're just having a bit of breezy Fun With Dick and Jane, yes, but the film works in a few subtle jabs too.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
The sharp script by Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller and Dean Parisot's steady direction keep things on a higher level as the movie skewers American excess.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's formless and toothless and, most critically, not all that fun.
David Kronke - Los Angeles Daily News
Fun With Dick and Jane is instantly forgettable. Heck, it's not even that much fun while you're watching it.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
For a comedy with so much politico-cultural baggage on its mind, Dick and Jane remains curiously inert.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopPolitics.com
The problem is Fun With Dick And Jane doesn't have the surehanded direction and timing to work as slapstick, and it's not smart enough to work as satire.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
There's nothing like a bloated Hollywood misfire to teach us a lesson in corporate excess.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Likable, inventive and occasionally very biting.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
If ever there was a paycheck movie, Fun with Dick and Jane is it.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Fun With Dick and Jane is a silly comedy, but it draws some blood...
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Noticing these echoes leads the viewer to consider -- and even at 85 minutes, the film allows the mind to wander -- what a comedy built around the talented Leoni might be like.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Ridiculous, but gleefully so.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
In Fun with Dick and Jane, despair means having to turn in your BMW and hocking the plasma TV set.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The comic payoff is slow to come and culminates in a kind of triumph-of-the-little-guy ending that only Frank Capra can pull off.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
See Dick steal. See Jane drive the getaway car.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Over the top Carrey is best left in the past.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
This is something that should have waited for the February doldrums when theatergoers are starved for entertainment.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Dave White - Movies.com
Finally, some escapist fun to get us through the holidays.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
There's something quietly but unmistakably angry underneath all the slapstick. In its own crowd-pleasing way, Dick and Jane '05 wouldn't be out of place on a double-bill with Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Fun with Dick and Jane isn't the least bit interested in the corporate satire it could have created.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The Bonnie and Clyde formula gets a healthy dose of laughing gas with this hilarious and apropos slice of social commentary.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
The desperation isn't made real, and yet their robberies are all too real. It's in this weird zone, not weird enough for drama, not wild enough for comedy, and only Carrey's moment-by-moment zaniness squeaks out any laughs at all.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
One of the least appealing elements in Hollywood movies now is the element of entrenched hypocrisy -- especially the sleek, anti-capitalist messages embedded in films that are absolutely slick corporate products (and sold accordingly).
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Irritatingly, Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller's updated screenplay opts for obviousness and strained slapstick over wit at every turn and makes the fatal mistake of telegraphing far too many of the jokes long before they hit.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Would somebody, please, find the right comic vehicle for Tea Leoni?
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A congenial, end-of-year trifle aimed at providing families with somewhere to go after all the presents have been opened.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Instead of making you think about the state of life in an economically challenged America, it leaves you wondering whether Carrey's career isn't starting to sputter.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Fun with Dick and Jane seems proud of its satirical association with the recent corporate scandals. But the movie wants the credit without doing the work.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
Most of it plays out as sub-medium-grade farce, but Carrey has some funny calisthenic bits where he appears to have the pliability of a rubber toy.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
The trailer's misleading, as there's more to absorb here than Jim Carrey's proficient but constant mugging.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Other than its 85-minute running time, the movie is in all other ways imperfect, which is just about what you want from one of Jim Carrey's slapdash slapstick comedies. Perfection would ruin it.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
A flattened jumble.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Starts out as a nifty satire, then turns ghastly for most of its running time.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The film coasts on Carrey's enthusiasm alone and without him, I can only imagine how lackluster this remake would be.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Anyone familiar with the infamous Enron or WorldCom accounting scandals could have written this film (and possibly a better one)
David Levine - Filmcritic.com
It almost took away my Christmas cheer.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It's hard to find too much fault with a movie as cheerfully twisted as this one
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It may be the holidays, but Carrey and his cohorts offer precious little cheer here...The first movie of this title...wasn't much fun, and this updating is even less so.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Fun? Not so much.
- E! Online
It's so incoherent, you actually feel sort of insulted that the filmmakers think little enough of you to release it in this condition.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Not a disaster, but not as much 'fun' as the title might suggest either. Wait for the DVD or even cable.
John Venable - Supercala.com
Dick and Jane is running the ball on third down, asking your ex to the prom or attending junior college. It's a safety flick, and nothing else.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Remakes, which rarely make sense, are even more questionable when what's being remade was underwhelming to begin with.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
[This] second-rate Jim Carrey movie is still better than most comedies.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Parison keeps the action well paced so that there is not one minute that drags. This is a comedy of ultimate revenge. At 90 minutes, it's silly and enjoyable.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
A sendup of Enron and companies like it without the earnestness of the documentary "Enron" but with the high spirits of a man who tries various ways to get back.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Fun With Dick and Jane is exactly that - a bit of holiday fun.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Social commentary mingles with stupid comedy in this humorless update of a 1977 George Segal-Jane Fonda romp.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine