The Pacifier
The Pacifier (2005)

The toughest man in the American military faces a new kind of challenge -- looking after four kids in soccer-mom suburbia -- in this family-friendly comedy from Walt Disney Pictures. Shane Wolf (Vin Diesel) is a former Navy SEAL who was… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 28, 2005
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Critic Score: 20% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Vin Diesel parodies his tough guy image for the family audience, but the result is only moderately amusing.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Per its title, The Pacifier will lull you to sleep.

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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice

[An] unintentional fascist satire.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A crass, crude, and overly-familiar comedy.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

At one point, Diesel literally wades into a rancid sewer and emerges covered in feces, an image that sadly doubles as a metaphor for his career.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A yawn-by-numbers romper-room dud that is nevertheless shrewd enough to tweak its star, Vin Diesel, for becoming a joke in less time than it took him to become an action hero.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Though it does have a talented cast with occasionally charming moments, it's still bad, and brainless.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

There is no pleasure, guilty or otherwise, to be found in The Pacifier.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's so awful. This reminds me, every once in a while on television they'll show failed sitcom pilots that never got picked up by the networks, and this has the feel of something like that.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

It might have been a good career move for Diesel, who cut his teeth on high-octane action, but the script needs a lift and the direction feels lackluster.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Careter
The Pacifier sucked, it was boring, badly acted, and terrible action, and one of the worst films ever made.
Conner Rainwater
Vin Diesel doesn't manage to achieve maximum hulkage in this, but he follows the career of Arnold and gets in touch with a younger audience. It's a… More
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Bethany Murphy
Hysterical. Vin Diesel played a fantastic nanny and it's a nice heartfelt film that will have you smiling from start to finish.
KJ Proulx
The Pacifier does right what every bad family comedy does wrong! I actually cared for these characters, and the plot was pretty inventive even though I have… More