Sells itself on durable messages about strong work ethic, the importance of community relations and playing to one's individual potential.
Sean O'Connell - Washington Post
Talent-swapping basketball tale is bland but OK for kids.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Headlining a less-than-mediocre kids' movie taints one's brand rather than enhancing it. Just ask Shaq.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
It might be more effective with a hint of subtlety and a premise that isn't so flimsy and formulaic.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
The film has a great, if not commonplace, message: Work hard to get ahead. Don't take any shortcuts. Nothing wrong with kids wasting 90 minutes if they come away with that theme.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
What should have otherwise been an easy layup of a film bounces off the backboard and rim, and misses its shot at being something special. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
This "Freaky Friday" with basketball keeps throwing airballs.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
An innocuous boys' wish-fulfillment fantasy...that would be more at home on a family-friendly cable channel....But boys of a certain age--and their sports-minded dads--probably won't mind.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Bland, feebly acted comedy, concentrating more on laughs and half-realized messages of adolescent responsibility than solidifying a truly bizarre premise.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
"Thunderstruck" isn't especially funny or exciting, and its muddled lesson is about as convincing as Marv Albert's luxuriant russet wig. But it's not terrible.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press