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
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
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
"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