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Critics aren't exactly bearing their fangs when it comes to reviewing Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's latest. There's a grudging acknowledgment that you simply have to be there -- and you have to be 7 years old --– to get the most out of 'The Tooth Fairy.'

Johnson plays Derek Thompson, a hockey brute delivering punishing checks while his younger teammates score goals. For this, you'd think his fans would call him, maybe, 'The Rock'? But no, he's dubbed 'The Tooth Fairy' (his hits have been known to remove the front teeth of his opponents). Can this cynical tough guy be taught to play well with others? His girlfriend, played by Ashley Judd, certainly hopes so. Fate lends a hand when he's assigned a Fairy Godmother (Julie Andrews) and sent off to play the tooth fairy for kids with a pearly white under their pillows.

For Johnson, it's a return to family fare ('Race to Witch Mountain,'' 'The Game Plan') after an experiment in twisted apocalyptic phantasmagoria (Gads, did you catch 'Southland Tales'?!)

For a kiddie flick, 'Tooth Fairy' has some impressive players. The screenplay was co-written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, responsible for some comedy classics ('Splash,' 'Parenthood'). British comic Stephen Merchant (creator of 'The Office,' along with Ricky Gervais) is said to steal scenes as a member of Fairyland's middle management. And even Billy Crystal delivers a cameo.

Check out these 'Tooth' reviews and tell us what you think: Critics aren't exactly bearing their fangs when it comes to reviewing Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's latest. There's a grudging acknowledgment that you simply have to be there -- and you have to be 7 years old --– to get the most out of 'The Tooth Fairy.'

Johnson plays Derek Thompson, a hockey brute delivering punishing checks while his younger teammates score goals. For this, you'd think his fans would call him, maybe, 'The Rock'? But no, he's dubbed 'The Tooth Fairy' (his hits have been known to remove the front teeth of his opponents). Can this cynical tough guy be taught to play well with others? His girlfriend, played by Ashley Judd, certainly hopes so. Fate lends a hand when he's assigned a Fairy Godmother (Julie Andrews) and sent off to play the tooth fairy for kids with a pearly white under their pillows.

For Johnson, it's a return to family fare ('Race to Witch Mountain,'' 'The Game Plan') after an experiment in twisted apocalyptic phantasmagoria (Gads, did you catch 'Southland Tales'?!)

For a kiddie flick, 'Tooth Fairy' has some impressive players. The screenplay was co-written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, responsible for some comedy classics ('Splash,' 'Parenthood'). British comic Stephen Merchant (creator of 'The Office,' along with Ricky Gervais) is said to steal scenes as a member of Fairyland's middle management. And even Billy Crystal delivers a cameo.

Check out these 'Tooth' reviews and tell us what you think:

Roger Ebert: "There's no way I can recommend this movie to anyone much beyond the Tooth Fairy Believement Age, but I must testify it's pleasant and inoffensive, although the violence in the hockey games seems out of place. It must be said in closing that given his nickname and reputation, it's a miracle the Tooth Fairy has been allowed to survive with such a dazzling row of pearlys".

Associated Press: "'Tooth Fairy' steals liberally from 'Monsters, Inc.' and '"Elf,' among many others. It's very much what you'd expect: a tale of optimism overcoming disbelief; family fare with comical casting (Julie Andrews as a Fairy Godmother); a PG-rated 'SNL' skit; The Rock in a tutu. But despite its predictability and pat Hollywood cliche, 'Tooth Fairy' is mostly charming."

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Chicago Tribune: "The poster's the funniest thing about the project: Johnson, sporting a pair of fairy wings larger than his forearms, glaring at the camera. Known as "The Tooth Fairy" for his ability to knock his opponents' teeth all over the rink, Johnson's character, Lansing, Mich.-minor-league hockey player Derek Thompson, hasn't taken an actual shot at the net for nearly a decade, owing to minimal ambition and maximal self-loathing. (Not since Dean Jones in the original 'Love Bug' has such a paradoxically chipper sourball served as the protagonist of a kids' movie.)"

Arizona Republic: "I know what you're thinking. You hear that Dwayne Johnson is starring in a movie about a tough-guy hockey player who has to do time as the tooth fairy, and your eyes begin to glaze over at the mere thought of it. Focus. 'Tooth Fairy' isn't as bad as you may have feared. It's not all that good, either, but at least it's possible to sit through it and hold down your popcorn".

Philadelphia Daily News: "It all comes down to the cynical Rock learning to believe -- in fairies, in himself, in the power of dreams. A belief in the power of dialogue and disciplined storytelling would have helped. Even so, the Rock and Judd are appealing enough to make this work for very young, very indiscriminate viewers."