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Balls of Fury (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 98

Critics Consensus: Tasteless, yet harmless, Balls of Fury nevertheless fails to generate enough laughs despite its lowbrow intentions.

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: Tasteless, yet harmless, Balls of Fury nevertheless fails to generate enough laughs despite its lowbrow intentions.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 323,651

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Movie Info

A disgraced former ping pong champion is drawn back into the world of high-stakes table tennis to carry out a top-secret mission in the feature directorial debut of Reno 911! writer/director Ben Garant. Far removed from the rigidly regulated world of professional sports, clandestine ping pong tournaments offer thrilling competition where only the strong survive. There was a time when the mere mention of the name Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) was enough to make even those most hardened ping pong … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for crude and sex-related humor, and for language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Thomas Lennon , Robert Ben Garant
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 18, 2007
Box Office:
$32.8M
Runtime:
Focus/Rogue Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Balls of Fury

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (98) | DVD (18)

CGI-assisted ping pong and lame gags about dead pandas, simpering homos and 'Antiques Roadshow'.

Full Review… | December 28, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

This movie is deadly.

September 4, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

While it's sporadically amusing, Balls of Fury scores fewer points for humor than it could have.

August 31, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It's never an encouraging sign when a comedy filled with talented pros produces only a single distinct laugh.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

The real trouble is that it's supposed to be an outrageous comedy, but in fact it's fairly tame and not all that funny.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This is pretty thin soup, but the players are spirited and the jokes generally offbeat.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Is it] good? Heavens, no. But it has its seedy charms.

Full Review… | June 3, 2009

Comedians like Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Ben Stiller can get away with lesser material because just looking at them can elicit laughs. Dan Fogler is not in that category.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

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Full Review… | January 14, 2008
Movies for the Masses

A horrendously written and acted movie which even Walken can't save.

Full Review… | December 28, 2007
This is London

A daft, disappointing comedy.

Full Review… | December 28, 2007
Sun Online

This comedy raises the odd laugh, largely from an absurd appearance by Christopher Walken as a sinister martial-arts kingpin villain.

Full Review… | December 28, 2007
Guardian

It's a hodge-podge of Enter The Dragon and Blades Of Glory, yet infinitely worse than either. In short, a film about bouncing balls with the bounce of an anvil.

Full Review… | December 28, 2007
Daily Mirror [UK]

Cut a ping-pong ball in half, draw a large black dot in the centre of each then carefully insert around your eye-sockets- you'll raise more laughs than this film manages.

Full Review… | December 28, 2007
Film4

Enter The Dragon meets Shaolin Soccer meets Dodgeball - just with infinitely smaller balls. A camp turn from Christopher Walken astounds but it'll be funnier if you wait for the DVD and lubricate it with a six-pack. Or three.

Full Review… | December 28, 2007
Total Film

Balls of Fury isn't quite as funny as it thinks it is, but there are some good gags and it's worth seeing for Christopher Walken's performance.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
ViewLondon

Bad acting, writing and jokes... Apart from a few funny gags that save this from one-star ignominy.

Full Review… | December 26, 2007
Empire Magazine

It's good natured enough, but laughs are thin on the ground.

Full Review… | December 25, 2007
BBC.com

In perhaps the movie's sole bit of irony, it completely lacks what it boasts so furiously--balls.

Full Review… | December 19, 2007
DVD Review

crap

December 4, 2007

A good-natured, easy-to-take goof.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

There are just enough interesting characters, along with dozens of fresh ideas relating to ping-pong, to keep the audience along for the ride.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Slapstick ping-pong comedy has very slight bounce.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Common Sense Media

Ancient Chinese saying: tiny ball with no laugh, make bad movie.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007

Thank you. Try again.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
HollywoodChicago.com

Audience Reviews for Balls of Fury

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

One of those movies that makes you wonder why the hell anyone would make something like this. It wasn't funny at all, and I wasted an hour and a half of my life.

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Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Balls of Fury may not be the best comedy, but it is lots of fun despite the fact that the plot is stupid. If you're in the mood for a mindless comedy, Balls of Fury may be that comedy to watch. The jokes are funny and despite the fact that it lacks a little something to really make it a great comedy film, Balls of Fury is simply a fun film. Sure this won't win any prizes, but for what it is; it's a fun time waster that has some good laughs. Dan Fogler is pretty funny, but Christopher Walken steals the show. Overall Balls of Fury is a good comedy that is better than what people have said about the film. The best way to describe the film is that it's good natured, mindless fun. And if you're looking for a good time waster, Balls of Fury will be that film. Not perfect, but it has enough laughs to keep you entertained. I enjoyed this film for what it was, and if you can look past the fact that it's very silly, you're to enjoy it too. As far as comedy films are concerned, Balls of Fury may not be the best, but it definitely isn't the worst. Enjoyable even if it's flawed in its conception. Balls of Fury is an average comedy with good laughs, just don't expect anything great, expect something fun and entertaining and that's what you get with this film. A fun film that is fun to watch with friends.

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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Terrible movie, really stupid. The plot was dumb, The cast was terrible. But Christopher Walken was great, really great as a villain, I loved him. Overall a bad movie, but Christopher Walken was great.

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DreamExtractor
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Balls of Fury Quotes


Feng:
Stop! This is Boring! Kill them Both! We're missing Antiques Roadshow!
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
Wong:
Welcome to the underbelly of ping-pong where fortunes are won and lost. I'm exaggerating, of course, but you get my point.
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
Rodriguez:
I'm from the FBI.
Randy Daytona:
Whoa man. I didn't mean to kill that guy. How was I supposed to know he had a bad heart?
Rodriguez:
Hey. I'm not here for that. I thought that was part of the act. Until the paramedics came I was laughing my ass off.
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)

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