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Balls of Fury (2007)

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

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

28

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 21

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

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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

Dec 18, 2007

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

December 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This movie is deadly.

September 4, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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While it's sporadically amusing, Balls of Fury scores fewer points for humor than it could have.

August 31, 2007
Miami Herald
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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.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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This is pretty thin soup, but the players are spirited and the jokes generally offbeat.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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While Balls of Fury is slightly more sophisticated in its comic strategies, 'slightly' remains the operative word.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[Is it] good? Heavens, no. But it has its seedy charms.

June 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

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.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comment (1)
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January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

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

December 28, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A daft, disappointing comedy.

December 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

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

December 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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.

December 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
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.

December 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
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.

December 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
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.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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

December 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

December 25, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

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

December 19, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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December 4, 2007

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

November 1, 2007 Full Review
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.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Slapstick ping-pong comedy has very slight bounce.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Thank you. Try again.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
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October 9, 2013
Directors Cat
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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.
September 20, 2012
Eric Alvarez

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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.
November 14, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Feng: Stop! This is Boring! Kill them Both! We're missing Antiques Roadshow!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. 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)
    1. Rodriguez: I'm from the FBI.
    2. Randy Daytona: Whoa man. I didn't mean to kill that guy. How was I supposed to know he had a bad heart?
    3. 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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