• PG-13, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Peter Segal
    In Theaters:
    Apr 11, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 16, 2003
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Anger Management Reviews

David Ansen
Newsweek
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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No, it doesn't make much sense, and yes, it's irredeemably phallocentric -- but that is, perhaps, its saving grace.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

May 2, 2003
David Edelstein
Slate
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Strenuous, spottily amusing.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 24, 2003
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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This is the kind of coarse comedy where a fart serves as a punch line.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 20, 2003
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 16, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Embarrassed and clueless, Mr. Nicholson is clearly slumming. As a goopy, doofus pet-clothes designer whose only talent is nostril-wiggling, Mr. Sandler comes closer to playing his real self.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 15, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The free-associational lurch of the enigmatic Nicholson 12-step program is set to a familiar backbeat of juvenile gross-out and homosexual panic; what's truly illogical is the blithe conflation of anger management and assertiveness training.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 15, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[A] disaster from the start.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 14, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 12, 2003
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A couple of brakes-off set pieces to the side, the antics here are strained, graceless and tiresomely crude, the sorts of things audiences feel they're supposed to laugh at rather than well-developed situations that generate genuine amusement.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 11, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Flimsy follow-through or not, the teaming still works, and so, at times, does the premise.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The promise of Anger Management lasts for all of about 15 minutes.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

April 11, 2003
Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
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The laughs here are painfully few and far between.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

April 11, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A comedy that doesn't call for a review so much as a prospectus.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 11, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Has its moments.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Unpredictably funny.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Throw enough money at a Sandler movie and it will look like a decent film -- except when you let middling hack Peter Segal of Nutty Professor II direct.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 11, 2003
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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There's no clear sense of purpose, no payoff, no building to a clever climax that leaves you weak in the wake of its hilarity.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

April 11, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A one-joke movie that milks its central conceit long after there's nothing left.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Folks who loved Punch-Drunk Love won't care much for Anger Management, but cameo appearances by a host of famous names occur frequently enough that we're forced to stay alert, if only to catch them.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B

April 11, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Anger Management plays the same tune too much of the time to live up to its potential. Still, it's good for a giggle.

| Original Score: C+

April 11, 2003
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Anger Management is not going to go down in history as a comedy classic, but it should generate great box office numbers and its broad approach will appeal to Sandler's loyal fan base.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

April 11, 2003
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A stoopid movie, front-loaded with infantile shtick.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 11, 2003
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Sandler's blank, doughy countenance seems duller than ever.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 11, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Everyone who avoided About Schmidt and other recent Nicholson movies on the grounds that he was actually playing characters instead of mugging will be happy to know he does no acting here whatsoever.

| Original Score: 1/4

April 11, 2003
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Anger Management is a ragged piece of filmmaking, but the odds are you'll have as good a time watching it as Nicholson and Sandler seemed to have making it.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The concept is inspired. The execution is lame. Anger Management, a film that might have been one of Adam Sandler's best, becomes one of Jack Nicholson's worst.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 11, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Peter Segal directs individual sequences with a steady hand, but slack editing and a meandering and muddled plot make the film seem slow.

April 11, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Anger Management virtually defines high-concept filmmaking: It's a one-note comedy that tries to soar because it's Nicholson and Sandler who get to play the note.

| Original Score: B

April 11, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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While it includes some funny scenes, one senses that the Nicholson-Sandler pairing could have achieved much more.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 11, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Miller time for the funny bone.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 11, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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The only thing you'll be mad about is spending 10 bucks to watch Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler try too hard.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 11, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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It's always a relief to come out of an Adam Sandler movie without a case of hives, and you can comfortably attend Anger Management without prophylactic antihistamines.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2003
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Some of the movie is so primitively staged that you can almost hear someone leafing through the book of instructions that came with the camera.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 11, 2003
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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With Sandler as his simpering straight man, Nicholson makes faces shamelessly, rude noises shamefully, but he can't make Anger Management funny.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 10, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Though Anger Management does have some amusing moments, it's too undiscriminating and scattershot to be worth paying attention to.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 10, 2003
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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A happy experience.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

April 10, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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Lumpy, bumpy and uneven, but often enjoyably nuts.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

April 10, 2003
John Powers
L.A. Weekly
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Like so many Sandler vehicles, the movie isn't actually funny, but keeps feeling as if it should be.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 10, 2003
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Punch-Drunk Love for the masses.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 10, 2003
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It has its funny moments.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

April 10, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A comedy as bracing and furiously right for the moment as it is broad and huggable.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2003
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