This light yet earnest drama starring Adam Sandler deals openly with one of the most insidious elements in popular filmmaking -- the male screenwriter's relationship with his own father.
Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader, 2008-06-02
This lightweight, bubblegum caper synthesises robust, physical humour, self-deprecation and witty one liners. The main problem, as with most other dumb boy pictures, is that the supporting characters are underwritten.
Review, Time Out, 2006-02-09
Funny-sweet, understand, not bleccchh sweet.
Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle, 2005-07-21
Adam Sandler's sweetness just busts out all over. It's a wondrous thing to watch.
Susan Stark, Detroit News, 2000-01-01
The actors bring an appealing energy to their simplistic roles, enough so to wring laughs from the most Sandler-resistant audience members.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, 2000-01-01
Big Daddy doesn't generate a lot of big laughs. It has a throwaway sweetness, though.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 2000-01-01
Worst of all is the way Sandler wants to have it both ways: to muck around in gross-out humor one minute and then turn schmaltzy the next minute with some fraudulent business about how much he loves the kid.
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, 2002-06-18
How's this for a novel complaint: Big Daddy just isn't stupid enough.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2002-03-19
There's no doubt Sandler is talented, but if he persists in believing that, like Elvis, his presence alone covers a multitude of omissions and inconsistencies, he will squander his gift and make a series of forgettable films in the process.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2001-02-14
The film offers its share of big laughs, but the serious side is sunk by mawkishness and sentimentality.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2000-01-01
Doesn't offer any of the quasi-adult charm of Sander's more recent The Wedding Singer or the wall-to-wall loopiness of last year's The Waterboy.
Tom Keogh, Film.com, 2000-01-01
Adam Sandler's new comedy is being touted as a step forward for him, which I find funnier than anything in the movie.
Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2000-01-01
A flimsy sentimental comedy with more product plugs and fewer laughs than might have been hoped for.
Janet Maslin, New York Times, 2000-01-01
Big Daddy shows that Sandler the movie persona may be ready for adulthood, but Sandler the moviemaker isn't getting any more mature.
Sean P. Means, Film.com, 2000-01-01
Big Daddy is all about Sonny's maturation, but there's nothing new or unexpected about Sandler's latest.
Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz, 2000-01-01
Joey Lauren Adams smiles so damn much. It's like she's had this smile surgically sculpted onto her face, like Jack Nicholson's Joker in Batman.
Jeffrey Wells, Mr. Showbiz, 2000-01-01
Big Daddy is easily the laziest, most slapdash and altogether crummy picture Sandler's done to date.
Rod Dreher, New York Post, 2000-01-01
Big Daddy should be reported to the child welfare office.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2000-01-01
Sandler has remarkably little funny to do or say in Big Daddy!
Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, 2000-01-01