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Anger Management (2003)



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

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


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

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



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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



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Sep 16, 2003


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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.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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No, it doesn't make much sense, and yes, it's irredeemably phallocentric -- but that is, perhaps, its saving grace.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 2, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Strenuous, spottily amusing.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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This is the kind of coarse comedy where a fart serves as a punch line.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Very raunchy, uneven comedy with great actors.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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Do we really need a fable about corporate guys getting in touch with their inner brats?

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

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

January 17, 2005 Full Review Source:

[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.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Anger Management does not really deserve an actual review.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source:

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

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Sometimes even an occasional laugh can be the best medicine.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregon Herald

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

June 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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

February 13, 2004 Full Review | Comments (2)
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.

January 18, 2004 Full Review Source:

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

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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.

November 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
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.

November 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

October 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

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

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

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

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
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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
July 24, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Very irritating movie with a good ending.
October 14, 2012
Dead Angel

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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.
December 30, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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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.
December 10, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. 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)
    1. Arnie Shankman: Oh, what did you say about Buddha?
    2. 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)
    1. 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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