Los Angeles Times
Turning ordinary life into movie magic is one of the most difficult, least-heralded challenges for any filmmaker. What makes Freaky Friday a charmer isn't how far-out things get for this mother and daughter, but how sweet and distinctly un-freaky a kid, her mom and their love for each other can be.
It all adds up to belly laughs aplenty and a rollicking good time.
Christian Science Monitor
Deliciously acted and good-humored to its core, it's one of the summer's very best surprises.
The performances, of a higher order than the film's cheesy script and double-cheese direction, are the reasons to see the picture. A reason not to: the means by which parent and child trade bodies.