Bad News Bears Reviews

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David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com
December 17, 2005
The Bad News Bears is at its best when, like all good major league pitchers, it isn't afraid to get a little mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 2, 2005
Too tame to attract now middle-aged viewers who remember the original and want to see Billy Bob Thornton play it like Bad Santa, it's still a little too raunchy to secure parental approval for pre-highschoolers.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
This is one remake that was done right. It retains some of the best ideas of the original, while updating it nicely into modern times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 10, 2005
Thornton seldom evokes the deep reserves of benevolence bubbling just beneath Matthau's comical, curmudgeon surface, and he has not nearly perfected the signature Matthau slow-burn.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
August 18, 2005
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Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
August 14, 2005
Despite the lack of a vital air-punch from a curiously flat finale, there's much to love and laugh at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 13, 2005
Fans of the original will be amazed at how similar the two films are - the new version even makes the same extensive use of Bizet's Carmen on the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
August 12, 2005
Raunchy, raucous fun featuring Thornton's Bad Santa persona in full effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 11, 2005
The only real problem is that the writers haven't done anything remotely new with the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 10, 2005
Billy Bob Thornton teaches kids about drinkin', cussin', and a little bit of baseball - not a classic, but still occasionally fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 9, 2005
Linklater captures the air of sportsmanship with an experienced authenticity.
August 9, 2005
A pleasant surprise out of leftfield.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
August 7, 2005
Every bit as funny, irreverent and enjoyable as the first. Billy Bob Thornton is wonderful and his young co-stars are devilishly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
August 7, 2005
Bad News Bears is a late summer hoot, and hopefully what your kids are really seeing when they tell you they're going to Sky High.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 7, 2005
The remake doesn't improve on the original, nor does it change it significantly enough to make it seem worth the effort.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 5, 2005
Fails to rise above medium-to-low expectations, but it's not a huge mistake
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 4, 2005
There are many lingerings over communal feelings other directors might pass through more quickly to get to the next giggle or guffaw more efficiently.
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
August 2, 2005
Thornton's virtuoso performance is the only reason to plunk down hard earned bucks for this surprisingly lifeless remake of 'The Bad News Bears.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 1, 2005
Although Bad News Bears is not a shot-for-shot remake of the original, it is strikingly similar to the point where its existence is hard to defend.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 1, 2005
In today's anything-goes society, the sight of 12-year-olds cussing like sailors on the screen no longer carries any novelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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