Bad News Bears Reviews

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Top Critic
May 13, 2014
The best reason to see Richard Linklater's wholly unnecessary but highly enjoyable remake of The Bad News Bears is Billy Bob Thornton, who's doing a PG-13 version of his Bad Santa.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 13, 2014
Fortunately almost everyone acquits himself coolly and admirably.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 13, 2014
Billy Bob Thornton has proven he can do pretty much anything, but he simply does not look haggard, washed-up or miserable enough to be a believable Morris Buttermaker, the role Walter Matthau immortalized.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 13, 2014
It's no Bad Santa, but it's fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Hastings
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 13, 2014
Having cast a knowing eye on teen debauchery in Dazed and Confused and coaxed a stellar performance out of Jack Black in School of Rock, the director is just the man to launch a surprise spitwad attack in the current culture wars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
May 13, 2014
If you're looking for another Adam Sandler/Jack Black comic masterpiece, this isn't it. It is, though, Billy Bob Thornton at his best, dropping analogies that would make a Hooters waitress blush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Szaroleta
Florida Times-Union
May 13, 2014
Even if you never saw the original Bad News Bears, you've probably seen this movie. You know, the one where the reluctant coach pulls together the ragtag bunch of misfits and teaches them important lessons about teamwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
May 13, 2014
Linklater's spirit is true: Practice still unfolds to the waltz of Carmen. Sentiment is avoided at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
May 13, 2014
Director Richard Linklater has wisely stayed with the structure of the 1976 classic (with Walter Matthau in the Butterworth role) but populated it with dialogue from Bad Santa's Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

Total Film
May 8, 2014
Thornton [knocks] every one-liner out of the park with the free rein Linklater allows him, though a picked-up pace would've been welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
January 7, 2011
Thornton is the real reason to watch. He plays most of his scenes with an understated unrepentant scumbaggishsness that makes him easy to simultaneously hate and like. It's a tricky balance to pull off, but he manages it well.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 21, 2009
Linklater's "Bad News Bears" doesn't approach the giddy comedy of Ritchie's original, but it does inspire an attentive contemplation on the similarities and differences between adults and children in approaching the game of life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Linklater's directorial prowess can not be argued, but "Bad News Bears" just isn't good enough to watch again...
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
There are worse ways to spend an afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Bad News Bears is packed with laughs, but almost all of them are cheaply won
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
September 8, 2006
I'm not sure why filmmakers think we want to see kids put into dark situations and berated with profanities by Billy Bob Thornton.
| Original Score: .5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 15, 2006
...what should've been a fun and breezy comedy is ultimately transformed into an incredibly tedious ordeal...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
July 1, 2006
This hasn't the advantage of seeming so new, nor so shocking. It mixes cute and crass with a dollop of social critique.
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
There's just no reason for this thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
December 25, 2005
Ainda que esquemático, gera boas risadas graças à dinâmica entre Thornton e o elenco infantil.
| Original Score: 3/5
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