Genuinely clever switched-identities romp.
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.
Waters directing, from a perky script by Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon, is bouncy and assured enough to give a cheeky lilt to what otherwise might have been an earnest PSA for intergenerational peace, love and understanding.
Lohan has a fresh presence; in a world of pale blond princesses it's a relief to see a freckled redhead who looks like she eats occasionally. A pleasure, too, to watch a young actress accomplished enough to play not only a punky high schooler, but a punky high schooler with a middle-aged woman trapped insider her.
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.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The movie is directed by Mark Waters (responsible for the indie black comedy, "The House of Yes") and mostly, he's workmanlike, but smart enough to get out of the way of the nicely balanced two lead performances.
Motion picture cotton candy - sweet while it lasts, easily disposed of, and insubstantial.
Freaky Friday commits a lot of sins; luckily, it has Curtis and a few others to cover them up.