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Anger Management (2003)


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 189
Fresh: 82
Rotten: 107

Critics Consensus: Thought not without its funny moments, Anger Management is ultimately stale and disappointingly one-note, especially considering its capable cast.

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: Thought not without its funny moments, Anger Management is ultimately stale and disappointingly one-note, especially considering its capable cast.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 744,302


Movie Info

A man comes face to face with the rage he didn't know he had in this comedy. Dave Buznick (Adam Sandler) is an even-tempered businessman who, after a series of strange misunderstandings on an airline flight, finds himself accused of air rage. A judge sentences Dave to undergo anger management therapy, and he soon finds himself in the care of Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson), a celebrated therapist. However, Dave's group therapy sessions with a handful of truly disturbed individuals -- among … More

PG-13 (for crude sexual content and language)
Directed By:
Written By:
David Dorfman
In Theaters:
Sep 16, 2003
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Anger Management

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (107) | DVD (31)

Unless you're 15 at heart, you may need anger management yourself after sitting through this aggressively crass comedy, which alternates between mean-spirited slapstick and arbitrary uplift.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

No, it doesn't make much sense, and yes, it's irredeemably phallocentric -- but that is, perhaps, its saving grace.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Has hell frozen over? Not only is Jack Nicholson starring in a buddy movie alongside Adam Sandler, but of the two, Sandler's low-key approach is preferable.

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Strenuous, spottily amusing.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Top Critic

This is the kind of coarse comedy where a fart serves as a punch line.

Full Review… | April 20, 2003
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Even a longtime Adamophobe has to admit that Sandler is an agreeable presence here, and that the film has some funny filigree work to offset the oppressive schematics.

Full Review… | April 16, 2003
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Very raunchy, uneven comedy with great actors.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

Full-blown 'Jack'--his face a spectacular special effect of full-blown energy--remains an irresistible act. [Blu-Ray]

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Groucho Reviews

Do we really need a fable about corporate guys getting in touch with their inner brats?

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

The only thing you can't get angry at are the adorable animal actors.

Full Review… | January 17, 2005

[It's] like going to the NBA All-Star Game and seeing a fantastic team take the floor, but when the game begins you realize they left their brains in the locker room.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Anger Management does not really deserve an actual review.

Full Review… | December 9, 2004

This film is delightful, funny nonsense that had me laughing out loud.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004

Sometimes even an occasional laugh can be the best medicine.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004

Anger Management inspires only limp accolades, but it's just amusing enough to earn a look on a chilly, rainy April day.

Full Review… | June 22, 2004

... the first half of the movie was a guys’ flick that was so frustrating and stupid, it make me want to kill somebody.

Full Review… | February 13, 2004
Atlantic City Weekly

Nicholson wears his devilish grin from his first scene to last, and one has to assume that's his reaction to the enormous size of his paycheck and not the material.

Full Review… | January 18, 2004

[Sandler and Nicholson] aren't doing anything we haven't seen from them before, but it's an undeniably fun movie.

Full Review… | January 5, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

This is a hackneyed, sprawling mess of a comedy, rarely funny and never interesting.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It's neither as hilarious nor as outrageous as it should be, settling for comfortable contrivance instead of consistent craziness.

Full Review… | November 11, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A better script and more attention to other cast members would have helped but, as it stands, this is still the best Adam Sandler comedy since The Wedding Singer.

Full Review… | November 2, 2003
Empire Magazine

Little more than an exercise in frustration, and no amount of chanting the supposedly therapeutic "goosfraba" is going to help.

Full Review… | October 29, 2003
Apollo Guide

Check your highbrow at the door, laugh-out-loud funny.

Full Review… | September 27, 2003
Three Movie Buffs

Scripted like a series of bouts between goofy contenders, and teeming with narrative sucker-punches and wacky left-field cameos.

Full Review… | September 16, 2003
Long Island Press

Audience Reviews for Anger Management

Anger Management is too boiled up and ultimately doesn't strike a chord. The film has its moments, especially from the addition of Jack Nicholson, but it stumbles from being merely a one-trick-pony of comedy films. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Very irritating movie with a good ending.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

There's no doubt about it that Nicholson and Sandler have great chemistry and they are probably the best actors for a movie bearing this title. But there's a feeling that they were both put on a leash by the studio writers and restrained from doing so much more that could have bettered the movie. It's also very predictable. But it is funny in a screwball kind of a way.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Anger Management had the potential of being a great comedy. Instead, the film fails and is virtually laugh free and really is more boring than entertaining. Adam Sandler is definitely not funny here, and he uses the one trick he's got up his sleeve, which is getting tiresome. His use of comedy is strained, and Sandler relies on his usual comedic antics, and after a few films, it's getting predictable and you end up bored watching Sandler on-screen. Jack Nicholson is great on the other hand; unfortunately he can't save this film from sinking faster than the Titanic. Anger Management is a poorly constructed comedy with one good comedic performance, unfortunately like I said, not even that can redeem this dreadful film. This is a boring film that tiresome and it's a shame because this could have been a good comedy. Unfortunately Adam Sandler is past his prime, and he's plainly horrible, and really isn't funny anymore. Anger Management falls flat halfway through and the film lacks anything remotely engaging to thrill and suck the viewer into the film. This film fails to deliver, and aside from Nicholson's performance, this film isn't funny and fails as a comedy. The screenwriters try too hard at making a comedy, and they ultimately fail in their goal. This is one comedy that doesn't cut it, and if you actually want to laugh, then watch a better comedy than this. This film misses the mark, and a potentially good idea for a film is wasted on-screen because the filmmakers didn't how to develop proper comedic bits.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Anger Management Quotes

Dave Buznik:
I'm sorry I was so rude before but it's different for me to express myself when I am on the verge of exploding in my pants.
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
Arnie Shankman:
Oh, what did you say about Buddha?
Dr. Buddy Rydell:
Dave said, 'How does a guy who weighs over 600 pounds have the balls to teach people about self-discipline.'
– Submitted by Andrew A (2 years ago)
Dr. Buddy Rydell:
Might I have your first name, Mr. Head, and tell me it isn't Dick.
– Submitted by Dan P (2 years ago)

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