On some deep-down, perverse level, critics probably enjoy watching bad movies,
if only because it gives them the chance to drop some super-snarky lines in
their reviews. This week’s punching bag:
Daddy Day Camp
Gooding Jr. in
Eddie Murphy’s previous role, and directed by Fred "Kevin from The Wonder
Years" Savage) with a rare three percent Tomatometer.
New York Post punster
Kyle Smith gives up a one-two punch with a single sentence: not only is
Daddy Day Camp "a camp for no ages," but it "has an amazing amount of CGI —
Cuba Gooding Incompetence." Also joining from the Rotten Apple is
Elizabeth Weitzman, offering this relative praise: "Daddy Day Camp, the
unexpected sequel to 2003’s barely watchable comedy Daddy Day Care, is
superior to its inspiration in one very significant way. It’s three minutes
But who’s the lone dissenter, granting Daddy with a three percent
Tomatometer with his sole Fresh review? Regular RT contributor
Fred Topel, writing for Can Mag, states: "Look, it’s summer, [kids] need a
movie about kids in camp causing trouble and learning good values. They did a
fine job with the material."
But going back to the others, here’s further adventures in
Toronto Star: "Not quite as funny as a perforated ulcer."
Eric Snider: "The screenplay is attributed to three writers. That means if
the film’s funny parts were divided evenly among them, they each wrote zero."
Austin Chronicle: "If we were judging on a flatulence scale, Daddy Day
Camp would earn at least three farts. But on the star scale, the wind kind
of gets knocked out of their sales."