The Longest Yard Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
August 4, 2008
An outstanding action drama, combining the brutish excitement of football competition with the brutalities of contemporary prison life.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 4, 2008
What saves it, aside from good performances by Burt Reynolds and a thundering herd of supporting grotesques, is, of all things, a tough, tiny nut of valid social criticism.

Film4
July 31, 2008
If it ultimately descends into macho nonsense, then that's all part of the fun.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 11, 2007
Pardon me if I wasn't blown away by all its simplistic machinations and lighthearted appeal to one's baser instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 21, 2007
Part prison film, part football film, this violent but outstanding comedy-drama by gifted action director Robert Aldrich explores the brutality inherent in both the American penal system and football.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
February 18, 2006
The original has just the right mix of toughness and humor. Burt Reynolds was born to play incarcerated quarterback Paul Crewe.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Very exciting, very witty, and elevated above its action-movie status by Aldrich's deliberate references to Nixon in Albert's characterisation of the warden.
Gerardo Orlando
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
The football sequences are excellent, which makes sense given that half of the actors were college or pro ballers themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
July 3, 2005
Aldrich...created Paul Crewe just as much as Reynolds did.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 2, 2005
The film drags until it reaches the climactic football game, and the contest itself doesn't justify the two-hour run.
| Original Score: C+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 30, 2005
One of Robert Aldrich's biggest hits, The Longest Yard (1974) combines his ferocious worldview with a new kind of rambunctious audience appeal...
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 28, 2005
That The Longest Yard is considered something of a classic is baffling...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nora Sayre
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Though The Yard is a terrible picture, I'll admit to having unwillingly enjoyed some of the football practice and parts of the final game -- even though it's much too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Aldrich's film is most alive during the team recruitment scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 10, 2005
Reynolds brings his "A" game to this semi-tough crowd pleaser.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 18, 2004
Better and rawer than any of the remakes.
| Original Score: 3/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
his movie does for football and good sportsmanship what Paul Newman's Slapshot did for hockey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
November 29, 2002
One of Reynold's best roles and an agreeable comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
November 22, 2002
I hate football, but was still captivated by this film. Martha Stewart would say that this is, "a good thing."
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 15, 2002
A guilty-pleasure excursion with Reynolds in top form. Lots of fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
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