As serviceable an introduction as any to the notion of a sentient set of wheels.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Herbie: Fully Loaded is a perfectly silly movie for a silly season that in recent years has forgotten how to be this silly.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Loaded does not address the fact that a car with superpowers in an auto race is a lot like a home run hitter who takes steroids. Herbie is the new Jose Canseco.
Mike Clark - USA Today
This Herbie is loaded all right. Unfortunately, it's with spare parts from dozens of other equally mediocre underdog sports films.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
A girlpower essay, feeble in its reach, unconvincing in its execution, cute in its tone, endless in its unspooling.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
There's something to be said for lowering your expectations.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Its vibrating crowd scenes and splashy visuals will please the seven-to-12 set.
Nona Willis-Aronowitz - Village Voice
Herbie feels modern in all the right places, with a young heroine whose presence on the track is never questioned or undermined.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Herbie is a G -- for good, if not grand.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Herbie maintains a special place in the heart of legions of little-boys-turned-men who love their cars like extensions of themselves.
Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News
Herbie: Fully Loaded proves that a movie about a souped-up Volkswagen Beetle with the engine of a rebel and a will of its own can still be a pedestrian outing.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The movie is pretty cornball.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
We learn about the value of family, listening to your heart and, above all, the importance of corporate sponsorship.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
This remake is about half of a very likable film. But in movies (as in auto races) it isn't how you start, it's how you finish. And Herbie should have kept something in the tank for the late going.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
All ends well, everyone gets what's coming to them, and any 9-year-old girl who does not stand on her seat cushion and cheer has remarkable self-control.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
This isn't a movie for the ages, but it is a movie for young ages, the kind of film you can unashamedly take your kids to and know they're learning the magic of film.
Tom Long - Detroit News
While you won't care about the human characters, you may find yourself pulling for Herbie.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Lindsay Lohan continues her reign as queen of Disney remakes.
Joe Leydon - Variety
Though Lohan doesn't embarrass herself in a film in which she appears in virtually every frame, this tepid tribute to girl power hardly represents a step forward from Lohan's breakthrough roles.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
As that ancient Beetle with the number 53 on his hood reminds us, when it comes to good kiddie fare, it's about the heart, not the horsepower.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
It's nice to see that Disney remembers its past, even if four decades of social change and global issues seem to have made no impact on it whatsoever.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
I personally did not hoot or chortle or chuckle or holler or wonder, not once.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
I suppose there are worse ways to spend a summer evening than in the company of this cast and the R2D2-like automobile, but hasn't the day of Herbie come and gone?
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
[It] will amuse kids, but this Bug is low on comic gas.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Herbie: Fully Loaded is that modern rarity, a genial, sweet-natured family film, G-rated and proud of it, an old-fashioned Disney movie to the core.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The "Lohan" (Lindsay) hits a G-rated double as college grad Maggie Peyton, the daughter of a famous car racing family, opposite a self-possessed Volkswagen bug named Herbie.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
- Time Out New York
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
This film will not do much to restore Disney's fortunes. Lohan does seem to want to grow up . . . but she pretty much sleepwalks through this film.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
- Time Out
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
- Empire Magazine
... depressingly wholesome.
- Film Threat
Una muy agradable sorpresa veraniega que bien vale la pena disfrutar con la familia, con una buena bolsa de palomitas y, lo mas importante, con alma de nino
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
...a thoroughly innocuous piece of work...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
...exactly what we can count on from a Disney comedy these days--weightless, nonabrasive entertainment, appealing mainly to the youngest of children.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Here's an idea--give Lindsay Lohan the keys to a car and see what wreckage comes of it.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
- AV Club
Hopefully, this movie will neither encourage the trend of guys naming their cars -- or body parts -- nor bring back the VW bug...
Michael Szymanski - Sci-Fi Weekly
An enjoyable summer movie that kids will love and adults won't object to.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Will never become as classic and as fondly-remembered as the original, but for Disney's youth branch it's a step in the right direction.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Yes, it's silly, but it's also thoroughly engaging.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
It's a no-brainer that Disney would do a re-make and a no-brainer is what we got.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
A classic kids' movie, it redefines the word 'silly.'
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
... a winning combo that could herald a new lease of life for this surprisingly resilient franchise ...
Neil Smith - BBC
Like a Dodge K-car with 350,000 miles and a good engine - it gets you from Point A to Point B but the ride isn't much fun.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
Tenley Woodman - Boston Herald
A grande forca deste longa reside no charme de Herbie. Lohan pode ate ser uma atriz renomada da atualidade, mas aqui serve como mera coadjuvante de luxo para o veterano 53.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Passes quickly and doles out enough sentimentality to stay pleasant.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Amidst the doom and gloom of all of the 2005 summer blockbusters, this is a light, airy, fun-filled bubblegum romp.
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Lohan's perkiness can seem a bit too practiced, but she's surrounded by pros who don't play down to the material.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
It accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is to distract the children of America from the horror of their eventual futures for a couple more hours.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The movie is savvy enough to toy with these conventions and wacky enough to take a few risks, and it adds up to a fair enough matinee diversion, much like its predecessor.
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
Carries a ton of excess baggage, the heaviest being all the crass product placements.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Gets points just for not being The Perfect Man. And beyond that, the movie just isn't that bad.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Lindsay Lohan's tight outfits continually threaten to put the kibosh on the film's G rating.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A new generation has the joy of watching this amusing anthropomorphic auto.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Why anyone thought it was time for Herbie to make a comeback is beyond me, but here he is.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Any responsible person should be wary of a vehicle that accelerates on its own, winks with its headlights and sprays hot oil at hostile onlookers.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
(Director Angela) Robinson keeps the automotive antics to an acceptable level most of the way, although pushing things a notch too far in the finale.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
I guess that wacky little car might amuse small children, but the special effects are surprisingly weak, the story is beyond cliched and the attempt to wedge the hot NASCAR scene into the movie is just clumsy.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
C'mon, lighten up! It's a "Herbie" movie.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Hello. Hoagie here. My driver invited me to "coast-write" this review.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Here's my theory... Lohan actually died several months ago in a late-night partying incident and she's been replaced by a sophisticated robot.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Matt Dillon is terrific; Michael Keaton is wasted in a horrible script poorly directed that will only appeal to very young children, who applauded at the end of my viewing.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Between Matt Dillon's Jeff Gordon impersonation and the Bass Pro Shop references, this is a high time at the cinema for the NASCAR fan!
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
I took my parents! We had a great time. Very well directed and edited to a sweet clipping pace. Never a dull moment. This is just good clean family fun!
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
It's a gateway to advanced consumerism, with entertainment as a secondary concern.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
- Baltimore Sun
...but for the most part they do the most insipid, uninspired stuff. Stuff like "The Love Bug VII."
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
- Boston Phoenix
But for all this pretense toward plot, really, Herbie's point is NASCAR and commercial tie-ins.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
It fails to capture the breezy charm of the 1968 original...ranking instead with some of its more unfortunate cheesy sequels.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
I've never quite understood the appeal of the sentient car.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
A paint-by-numbers script means that Herbie: Fully Loaded, despite its dying to please four-wheeled star, often comes up flat.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
While Fully Loaded doesn't have much for grown-ups who think characters need dimensions or a good story requires an unexpected turn or two, it offers a nice pit stop of nostalgic memories.
Ward Triplett III - Kansas City Star
Fully Loaded adds up to little more than a cynical marriage of marketable commodities -- Lohan, NASCAR and the durably profitable Bug himself.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
How can a car that winks compete with Shrek or Buzz Lightyear? Couldn't producers have given Herbie a goatee or sticker of Calvin peeing on Kit from Knight Rider.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Five credited writers have managed to complete the script without a single surprise and with a couple of odd omissions.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
[Robinson's] fun permeates the entire film, and it's irresistibly infectious.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
- Sydney Morning Herald
It's a silly, fun, non-offensive, fluffball of a movie...
Rebecca Murray - About.com
It was funny then, and it's funny now.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
A fast paced, breezy ride for the summer. The story sets up a lot of racing scenes to show Herbie in action and other scenes to set up Herbie's slapstick gags.
Fred Topel - About.com
Nothing here beats the old-school sight of a halved Bug placing first and third in a race. A snippet of that scene is more exciting than any of Herbie's newfound trickery.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
A zippy ride full of slapstick humor and a feel-good underdog story that should win over both young kids and their nostalgic Baby Boomer parents.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
A more-than-acceptable timewaster for both the jungle-gym set and their captive chaperones.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
There's a lot of PG-13 jiggling.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Aside from one unintentionally hilarious dialogue scene involving giving up & Herbie squirting a load all over Lohan's chest, it's about as innocuous as family fare can get.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
I'm still eager for children's films that aren't supersized or edgy or flatulent. I just want them to be better than 'Herbie.'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Revamped car-is-the-star franchise will appeal to kids, even if it won't go the distance for their parents.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Harmless, witless, unoriginal, uninventive, mildly entertaining and not liable to do any permanent damage to anyone who watches it.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Jason's movies, while intended to be scary, are sometimes sorta funny, while Herbie's movies, while intended to be funny, tend to be a little scary.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
This would be a standard baby-sitter of a movie without one hypernatural flame-haired element.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Director Angela Robinson gets as much mileage as is possible out of Herbie. But even a car with a life of its own is bound to run out of gas.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Against all expectations and laws of loathsome overexposure, Herbie is a lot of fun.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The moment that white Volkswagen Bug rolled into view, I melted.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Solid family entertainment.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Stuck in a role that no one could steer straight, Lindsay Lohan looks aged by the experience.
Bridget Byrne - Boxoffice Magazine
Now you know why the moms or dads who must go to family movies are always holding reefer.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Marketing hype and product placement overload aside, if you are in the mood for a fluff film, it doesn't get much fluffier than this. It achieves it's limited goals.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
For a movie about a car that's alive, there's a lot that's dead here...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Enjoyably silly... The movie's primary purpose is to convince a new generation that Herbie is still hot... and, on those terms, (it) succeeds.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Director Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.) is saddled with a committee-written script whose transmission sticks and even sputters at various intervals.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
With the onslaught of her public activities and associations, Ms. Lohan will have a hard time convincing the masses as the virginal Maggie.
Susan Michals - FilmStew.com
The movie's last half hour is a drag, the rousing race sequences bogged down by the NASCAR product placement.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A fun, silly family movie that, like its star, has more under its hood than expected.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Herbie is the kind of funny, frenetic family movie that really does offer something for everyone.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Brainless but painless
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
The comedy is pleasant for a while, and it's a totally harmless movie for kids, but it runs mostly on a high-octane mix of slapstick comedy and special effects -- with little for discriminating moviegoers to enjoy.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Not the kind movie to overanalyze - it's the kind that if you just sit back and enjoy the incredible silliness of it all, can make you feel like a little kid again.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Not wacky enough for the kids it seems to be aimed at and not edgy enough for the teens who by now comprise the bulk of Lohan's core audience, Herbie puts the brakes on her run of successful Disney remakes.
Howard Gensler - Philadelphia Daily News
An above-average family film that's just winning enough to entertain both the grown-ups and the kids.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
A movie that features such old-fashioned comedic virtues can be refreshing, which makes it even more unfortunate that this particular G-rated comedy contains sexually suggestive humor and references.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The filmmakers have carefully studied the original and tried hard to recapture what made it work: in this case, a certain wide-eyed innocence.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A rotten, stupid film, without a hint of cleverness or imagination.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Time has not been kind to Herbie.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Herbie: Fully Loaded isn't painful, and, considering the possibilities, that's saying a lot.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Herbie moves along swiftly enough, but it suffers from a poor sense of direction and certainly can't keep pace with the original.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Herbie: Fully Loaded, with its emotional-roller-coaster story beats, will work like gangbusters with kids.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
'Walking on Sunshine' is casting a dark cloud over the movies.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Make no mistake, the VW's latest incarnation is your typical Disney stuff: sweet in spots, way too syrupy most of the time -- but somehow it works.
- E! Online
Herbie: Fully Loaded contains almost exactly the same plot as this year's Racing Stripes, a film about a girl and her zebra. This is almost certainly coincidence, but it just adds to the feeling that we're watching something reheated.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
It sounds hokey, but the nostalgic quality of the whole Herbie experience makes Fully Loaded a charming family film.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The silly story, however, will do nothing for viewers who like even a touch of substance or plausibility with their summer entertainment.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Lohan is practically a victim in her own car, helplessly trying to regain control of her possessed vehicle. It's like an update of Stephen King's Christine for kids.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
A bland piece of work, more so than the original.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
They're the only two reasons to see the movie.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
No amount of anti-jiggle CG work can fully diffuse the sexual undertones racing beneath the cute and cuddly hood of this modern update of the kid-friendly 1970s series.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Thanks to a clever, subtly subversive script and spirited, tongue-in-cheek direction, Fully Loaded enthusiastically embraces its absurdity and emerges victoriously fun.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Herbie: Fully Loaded is a solid bit of wacky fun that reintroduces the franchise back onto solid ground.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Herbie: Fully Loaded is one of those movies Lohan-haters wait for, so they can unload invective and anger, but it's not bad enough to fulfill their desires.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Fast-paced with nary a dull moment, Herbie:Fully Loaded is a fitting comeback for the magical Love Bug.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Zippy, brightly-colored fun. The film flies right by at such a stylish clip that the viewer hardly has time to realize how very slight the whole thing is.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Herbie gives by far the most endearing and convincing performance in the film. We love Herbie because he has a heart and soul. The movie has neither.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
If you're not asking much from it, Fully Loaded can be a decently fun movie; it's otherwise a harmless and unremarkable kids' flick.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Will probably be appreciated best by very young children, although nostalgic adults might get a kick out of seeing old number 53 race one last time.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
As the movie's title implies he's been updated, now he's possessed by the Devil.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
It's formula with a capital F, but the high-energy ridiculousness propels it to victory.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
One time too many around the track...a mishmash of slapstick, action, romance, domestic comedy and feel-good feminist fantasy.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
For a movie about a car that comes to life, this movie is surprisingly lifeless.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy