The Hammer Reviews

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Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 6, 2013
The Hammer could have become a typically sappy sports flick, but [Adam Carolla] filled it with enough of his trademark humor to keep things fresh even with plotting that isn't groundbreaking."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 3, 2013
For anyone in their late 30s and early 40s who has seen a great deal of their lives pass them by, this can be very relateable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
January 2, 2013
One of the films that should not fly under the radar of sports comedy fans, "The Hammer" is a surprising good time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
January 2, 2013
It's not "Rocky" and it's not "Caddyshack", but "The Hammer" was a pleasant surprise and is a welcome addition to the all-too-small list of reliable sports comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.3/5
Patrick Walsh
Cinematical
October 5, 2011
The Hammer is one of the year's nicest surprises.
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 5, 2011
Much of the film's charm comes from its scruffy, self-effacing modesty; it's a relaxed, affable underdog about a relaxed, affable underdog.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 5, 2011
Yes, this comedy about a sad-sack, has-been boxer is painfully predictable and manages to include every cliche of the genre, but executive producer and star Adam Carolla keeps it rolling along with his trademark, deadpan rants.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Forget the 40 Year Old Virgin. How about the 40 Year Old Boxer with Self-Esteem Issues?
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
All The Hammer really adds to the boxing-movie canon is the refreshing air of not worrying about adding anything to the boxing-movie canon. That, and being funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 5, 2008
watchable, if not unique.. all in good fun
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 21, 2008
Like a television show, The Hammer wields that mysterious power to keep you watching even though you know it isn't any good.
Full Review | Original Score: D
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
April 16, 2008
A boxing comedy with a potty mouth and warm heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 9, 2008
To his credit, Carolla carries 'The Hammer' with self-assured ease, hoisting the film on his broad shoulders while making sure, as screenwriter, to leave some of its sharpest one-liners to his supporting cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com
March 28, 2008
Succeeds in spite of itself.
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 24, 2008
I think it's a terrific little film.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 23, 2008
Adam Carolla isn't everyone's cup of tea, but the man can sling around an acidic one-liner with the best of them, and his starring debut is a familiar, but persuasively funny brew of clichés and belly laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
March 21, 2008
There are plenty of opportunities for Carolla to spout wisdom and observations.
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 21, 2008
Working with utterly predictable material, screenwriter Kevin Hench finds plenty of offbeat humor, and Carolla knows how to make it sing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2008
I never would have guessed that Adam Carolla, the politically incorrect radio and TV personality, could hold his own in a movie, but here's The Hammer to prove me wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
March 21, 2008
Carolla is winning in The Hammer, which evokes Rocky and just about every other lovable-loser sports movie while showing enough comic originality to hold interest throughout.
| Original Score: 3/4
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