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The Bad News Bears Reviews

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Jason Caro
Radio Times
May 6, 2014
A small winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
September 8, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Rife with every non-politically-correct social tic that '70s America had to offer, "The Bad News Bears" (1976) is a sports comedy that serves as a cultural benchmark.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
August 3, 2008
Surprisingly, improbably, The Bad News Bears is the year's funniest movie.
Richard Luck
August 3, 2008
If all kids' movies were like this, you wouldn't need to drag parents to the multiplexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2007
Michael Ritchie keeps his dead-end cynicism in check and produces a genuinely funny comedy about a Little League team managed by a lovably drunken Walter Matthau.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 14, 2007
This charming, funny film takes a gentle poke at Little League baseball and the American obsession with winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
March 14, 2007
An extremely funny adult-child comedy film.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Matthau's perfectly restrained, brilliantly comic performance holds it together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Amiably engrossing satire on the 'win ethic' that offers a take-it-or-leave-it approach to its serious points about enforcing precociousness on kids, but consistently delights with its panoramic comic invention.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 3, 2005
Remains the best film ever made about kids and sports.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
[Ritchie] keeps the sentimentality in check most of the time and obtains first-rate performers from his miniature cast all of the time.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
rude and very funny
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
[Ritchie] directs scenes for comedy even in the face of his disturbing material and that makes the movie all the more effective; sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we can't, and the movie's working best when we're silent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
The chemistry between Matthau and O'Neal makes it work.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 5, 2004
I've never understood what people thought was so great about this middling sports comedy.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Isn't it great when a piece of classical music gets forever redefined by a movie about a bunch of foul mouthed brats? What could be a better way to spend 102 minutes of the truth?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
October 25, 2002
Nice until they came up with a franchise!
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
March 8, 2002
While lesser sports comedies have tried to mimic the humour and sloppy charm of The Bad News Bears, none have even come close.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 14, 2002
Presents the anxiety, vulnerability, and spunk of a delightful menagerie of misfits who like to play ball but lack the talent.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 7, 1976
Bad News Bears is one of those rare films that I loved as a child and I still love just as much as an adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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