“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
Dean Essner - 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
Dean Essner - 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)
Dean Essner - 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 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
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
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
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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)
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
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
It didn't totally suck.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Dean Essner - 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
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
An uninspired remake of the 1977 film with George Segal and Jane Fonda.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
The material is so inherently loaded, the glib portrait is too glaring.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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
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
What a waste!!!
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
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)
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
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
... a flabby and chicken-hearted remake
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
It's not exactly "fun" that you have with Dick and Jane. More like bewilderment, boredom and pain.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
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
Distances itself by avoiding satire and embracing big, dumb comedy.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
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
Born and bred to be a winner.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
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
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 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
See Jim run. See Jim amusingly ad-lib. See Jim run his routine into the ground.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
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
See Dick steal. See Jane drive the getaway car.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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
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
Fun With Dick and Jane is a silly comedy, but it draws some blood...
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette