On some level I marveled at the conviction that Adam Sandler pours into playing a character like Donny Berger, a boneheaded, loud-mouthed alcoholic loser from Boston.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Sandler manages a frame or so of genuine sentiment, and the caricature is so ugly it's cute. He's a performer, and there are moments when audiences will surrender to his shtick. Moments.
David DeWitt - New York Times
Another bottom-of-the-barrel raunchfest that is bound to make far more money than such sludge could ever deserve.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The script sometimes seems to have been written by a 13-year-old.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
How did American comedies come to rely on raunch rather than wordplay?
Ethan Gilsdorf - Boston Globe
Sandler's latest wicked pissah, a paean to let-it-all-hang-out party-guy sloppiness...
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
It truly does take a village of idiots to get these films made.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
If someone told you about almost every joke in That's My Boy, you would think they were either a sociopath or a budding serial killer.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
Even with 87.5 years to go, the 21st century may never see a stupider comedy than That's My Boy.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Despite their assorted vulgarities and lack of polish, the films of Adam Sandler are remarkably consistent in their own particular way.
Drew Hunt - Chicago Reader
Lowbrow comedy goes subterranean in "That's My Boy," a product of the Adam Sandler movie factory unpolluted by a trace of ambition or wit.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Sandler's Berger is the most loutish, annoying character he's come up with since "Little Nicky." Nicky came from hell; viewers of "That's My Boy" will feel like they're in it.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
I know, when Sandler's not trying he's an easy target, and he's not trying here. But honestly, this is one of those movies you feel stupider just for having sat through. I think I'm already worse at math.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Puerile, crotch-fixated and very occasionally, inanely funny, Adam Sandler's raunchiest star vehicle in years has a small saving grace in Andy Samberg's performance.
Justin Chang - Variety
There's an undercurrent of anger and nastiness throughout that's frankly disturbing. Humiliation is the name of the game.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch something funnier than That's My Boy. It's a video of my mother being torn apart by bears. Good day.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Will be construed by the faithful as an embarrassment of riches and by the rest of us as cruel and unusual punishment...
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
It points you toward the irresistible conclusion that for all his success Sandler feels only contempt for his audience and tremendous insecurity about his own stature in the comedy universe.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Director Sean Anders and screenwriter David Caspe follow the game plan adequately enough, but the movie is overburdened with incidents that prove only mildly amusing.
Justin Lowe - Hollywood Reporter
In short, we get Sandler, doing what he always does, with whatever edge he once had continuing to erode as he ages and looks sillier at what he's doing.
David Germain - Associated Press
A thousand times better and funnier than Jack and Jill, Sandler's last movie, yet still falls short of actually being good...
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Vulgar, tasteless, mean-spirited and most offensive of all--not funny.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
There is nothing creative, amusing, valuable or interesting about Sandler's work. That's My Boy isn't the worst film I have ever seen; it's just one of the saddest and most exhausting.
This crude and unfunny comedy is easily the worst movie of 2012.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Yet again Adam Sandler has taken a fairly clever concept for a broad comedy and just detonated it with some of the stupidest, most repetitive gags imaginable.
Tim Grierson - Deadspin
Crass comedy That's My Boy adds close-to-the-knuckle raunchiness to Sandler's usual mix of stupidity and sentimentality.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
[M]ay be the most repulsive movie I've ever seen... [L]ike the evil Mirror Universe version of Ted.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
That's My Boy isn't as bad as expected. Don't get me wrong - it's a terrible movie - but it's occasionally funny in spite of itself.
Matt Neal - The Standard
I waited until 'tight Tuesdaday' to see it. It was the worst $11.50 I've ever spent. I've bought $11.50 mocktails that gave me more of a buzz than this piece of s---.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
That's My Boy serves as a morally bankrupt reminder that Sandler, much like many of us, has no interest in changing his ways.
Sam Fragoso - Fan The Fire
That's My Boy isn't just the worst film of 2012, it's one of the most morally reprehensible comedies of all time, a disgusting movie you should stay far, far away from.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
The script, which resorts to incest for laughs, is utterly puerile.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
It may be the worst film, in any genre, ever made.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Warning: this film contains scenes of incest, masturbation, gerontophilia, statutory rape and Adam Sandler.
Tara Brady - Irish Times
The basic joke keeps on giving and the sweetness of the parent-child bonding scenes plays well.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Sometimes you have to ask - why Adam Sandler?
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Not nearly as terrible as burped-out Sandler disasters of recent years, there's enough funny stuff here to remind us of his talent.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
[A] mean-spirited, one-gag time waster.
Eddie Harrison - The List
They're estranged. Tired antics ensue.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
As a whole, the film is startlingly ugly.
Witney Seibold - CraveOnline
With its cringe worthy script, repulsive humor, and piss poor excuse of leading men, "That's My Boy" is the equivalent of recreational brain trauma with a slice of shoving a railroad spike through one of your eyes just to pass the time.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
... cheerless vulgarity instead of laughs.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Without the handy chapter select features that come with DVDs and Blu-Rays, it's a long and painful wait for the good, I mean, bad stuff.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
Say what you like about Sandler - his fans simply ignore all the critical contempt - his ability to get A-list talent to dive into his comic world is extraordinary...Leighton Meester deserves a special bravery award for signing up to do this.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
It's hard to believe that Adam Sandler's latest movie is worse than the awful 'Jack and Jill.' This one actually takes crude, sex-focused humor to a new, lower level than its predecessors in a film that will appeal only to his die-hard fans.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
...just another disastrous example of Sandler's now total irrelevance...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
If you expect That's My Boy to be the Bad Dad equivalent of Bad Santa, you'll be sorely disappointed.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Regular co-stars Rob Schneider and David Spade are thankfully missing, although screen irritant Nick Swardson is still on hand, here playing a striptease patron who tells an obese dancer to "use my face as your toilet!"
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Boys will be boys.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
There is a severe lack of chemistry between Sandler and Andy Samberg, the father-son duo audiences are supposed to be rooting for.
Monica Castillo - Boston Phoenix
Chances are That's My Boy isn't a contemptuous stunt to see what Sandler can get away with and what audiences will accept; it just seems like one.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
A father-and-child reunion so ridiculous, it's kind of sublime.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
The movie hits you with so many stupid, juvenile gags that you eventually descend to its level.
Radheyan Simonpillai - NOW Toronto
If you are going to make a gross movie full of dirty jokes then the whole thing better be funny - this movie isn't!
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
As hard-R sexual wish fulfillment comedies made for 13-year-old boys go, it's another one.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A tasteless waste of celluloid of no redeeming value!
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
Surprisingly mean-spirited from start to finish.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
There's nothing that makes this film worth seeing. That's My Boy is another example of Adam Sandler rubbing peoples noses in the fecal matter that his career's become.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Tasteless, witless and mean-spirited. A painfully unfunny debacle.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Revolting, moronic, despicable, deeply unfunny, wildly offensive, and frankly disturbing.
Kate Erbland - Film School Rejects
It's getting so bad, you have to wonder if Adam Sandler doesn't sit in his gazillion dollar mansion, flipping through scripts, looking for the worst possible piece of crap he can find.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
A sprawling, two-hour string of mostly random gags held together with doody jokes and bodily fluids. (Emphasis on the "gag.")
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Saying this isn't the worst Sandler comedy ever is like saying, "This isn't the worst case of food poisoning I've ever had."
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Is it time for Adam Sandler to stop appearing in his own movies?
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
[I'm] the kind who needs Adam Sandler to keep making deplorable garbage like this. I will watch it and I will enjoy myself and I will have no excuse for it and I will remain un-sorry.
Dave White - Movies.com
Of course, it's no Punch Drunk Love, but you gotta pay the bills somehow. I get it.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
That's My Boy lazily exists in a fantasyland of Adam Sandler's perpetual adolescence, even as it generates some moderate comic friction from Sandler and Andy Samberg's testy back-and-forth.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Their film is a huge, sloppy mess, far too long, but with some rowdy and rambunctious laughs.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A laboriously programmed vulgar comedy of air-quote outrageousness.
Brent Simon - Screen International
Sandler hits a new low.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It's like a Diane Arbus freak show with an imaginary laughtrack playing in Sandler's head.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
The funniest movie Adam Sandler has made since 50 First Dates.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It's like Little Nicky made ugly, passionless love to Meet the Parents, and this abomination is the result.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Let's talk about Sandler, because he's doing a character here. You wonder is it gonna be a Little Nicky thing, Jack and Jill, where it gets annoying? No, I laughed and never got sick of this character.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
After Jack and Jill there's nowhere to go but up. Adam Sandler is his own genre. You know where the laughs are coming from and exactly where it's going. You have to choose whether you're going to hate it or just go with it.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
Everything about That's My Boy is offensive. I cannot explain why I liked it. I guess even playing an offensive, vile, self-centered cretin, Sandler is likable.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
It's a hit or miss comedy where the misses win, percentage-wise.
Eric Goldman - IGN Movies
Adam Sandler just might have made the funniest movie of his career: a dysfunctional father-son comedy that also rather astutely comments on the public's perception of Sandler himself.
L. Thompson - E! Online
God help me. I actually liked an Adam Sandler movie! OK, let me re-phrase that. I didn't hate an Adam Sandler movie, for once. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
In short, this isn't reinventing the comedy (or even the "Adam Sandler comedy," for that matter).
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Not good, but better than 'Jack and Jill.'
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Laughs aren't guaranteed, but the movie provokes (which is a big step up).
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
Even the most diehard Adam Sander fans will find it hard to sit through this holiday-tagged product, referencing Father's Day, from the Sandler gag (in every way) machine.
Marsha McCreadie - Film Journal International
Even "Prometheus" wasn't as icky and unpleasant as this one. . .
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Raunchy, juvenile humor will offend many, amuse very few.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Most of this is just gross without being funny, full of the go-to jokes (fat people running! old people talking dirty!) that only dirty-minded kids would laugh at.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Sandler fans likely will eat this nonsense up like ice cream. Non-fans could do worse - a lot worse. Like "Jack and Jill."
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Forced laughter is the only kind you'll hear during "That's My Boy," between the long stretches of slack-jawed silence.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Vulgar, trite, sexist, misogynist, hacky, tacky, gross, sentimental and stupid, with occasional flourishes of racism and veiled homophobia thrown in to boot.
If you're not a Sandler fan, it won't change your mind. But if you wish he'd return to the gleeful weirdness of "Happy Gilmore," your wish has been granted.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The premise of the comedy is wickedly compelling, and the flashback scenes are hilarious. But, unfortunately, Sandler spoils the party because he can't create a convincing character.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
In a culture as polluted as ours, transgressive isn't daring. It's become the opposite of that - repetitive and lazy.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Depending on your POV, it's either the ne plus ultra of Hollywood calculation or a comedy simply intent on pushing its crassness to the point of surrealism.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out Chicago
This is a film that finds poorly chosen, impulsive back tattoos endlessly hilarious.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
Semen joke. Fat joke. Goofy voice. Blah.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Sandler has made worse movies, but never one as grotesque as this.
At least give That's My Boy credit for fully earning its R rating. The film represents the horny, stoned, drunk id lurking behind the freshly scrubbed shenanigans of the Happy Madison brand.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
That's My Boy turns out not only to be the title of the movie, but something Sandler's poor, suffering fans can say to each other as they acknowledge that their hero is back.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
I laughed sporadically throughout, but not enough to call it a successful comedy. There are too many dead spots, and that first half hour is unwatchable.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
This may be the most loathsome film of the year.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
A fair share of amusing moments are sprinkled through the juvenilia, but it's more uncomfortable and mean-spirited than cause for hilarity.
That's My Boy is a step up from Sandler's more recent fare; then again, it doesn't take that much effort to rise above a bar that low.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Central to the movie's deficiencies is Sandler's inability to create a comic character.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
When your goal is to get sloppy, you're likely to make a mess.
Mark Olsen - Boxoffice Magazine
Unremmittingly raunchy, crude, groan-inducing so-called comedy...which tries to wring laughs from child abuse at the start and from incest at the close...The only thing that could conceivably have made [it] worse is if Sandler had played both roles.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Adam Sandler likes to say he doesn't make movies for critics. But his most recent films, capped by the criminally awful That's My Boy, indicate that he's making them only for his inflated ego.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Could've used less of Sandler's childishness and more of someone willing to push it in a darker, more dangerous direction.
Geoff Berkshire - HitFix
More offensive than the disgusting attempts at humor is the utter contempt for the audience in every lazy and incompetent frame and line of dialogue.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
That's My Boy isn't a comedy about a regressive '80s burnout who never grew up, but a paean to the virtues of remaining the same vulgar, bullying nincompoop at 40 that you were at 14.
Scott Tobias - NPR
"That's My Boy" isn't "Happy Gilmore" or even "The Waterboy," but it's got its moments.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
I wouldn't dare recommend That's My Boy to the average filmgoer. It's reserved for Sandler fans who've come to expect a certain velocity of stupidity from their doofus king.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
When your mouth is not making noises similar to laughter, it will be dragging along the theater floor in stunned disbelief.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Funny is some spots, idiotic in others and a combination of both during its moments of raunchy insanity, That's My Boy is a suitably moronic entry into the canon of Adam Sandler's man-child comedies.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews