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Balls of Fury Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008
Drew Toal
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

January 18, 2008
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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CGI-assisted ping pong and lame gags about dead pandas, simpering homos and 'Antiques Roadshow'.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/6

December 28, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This movie is deadly.

September 4, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 1, 2007
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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While it's sporadically amusing, Balls of Fury scores fewer points for humor than it could have.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 31, 2007
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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It's never an encouraging sign when a comedy filled with talented pros produces only a single distinct laugh.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

August 30, 2007
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

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

August 30, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This is pretty thin soup, but the players are spirited and the jokes generally offbeat.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 30, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While Balls of Fury is slightly more sophisticated in its comic strategies, 'slightly' remains the operative word.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 30, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Ultimately, it's a hollow enterprise, all ping and no pong. It doesn't bounce; it splats.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 29, 2007
Rob Salem
Toronto Star
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The movie's big lug of a lead, Dan Fogler...could be dismissed as a poor man's Jack Black.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 29, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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...there are plenty of funny bits, but the movie runs out of ideas long before its end

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 29, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Ben Garant fumbles the formula he's mocking, denying us the spectacular and hilarious matches that the story demands.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

August 29, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Christopher Walken has joined the legion of stand-up comics, student actors and bar-stool mimics trolling for laughs by doing bad Christopher Walken impressions.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

August 29, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Something of a surprise, Balls of Fury serves up sports thrills and a good amount of laughter...

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 29, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's schlocky and tasteless but also good-natured and harmless, and the people who come out to see it will get just what they want: 90 minutes of freewheeling, switch-off-your-brain laughs.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 29, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Balls of Fury is a stupid movie that's not quite stupid enough, or at least not quite funny enough.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

August 29, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Don't expect me to explain the rules and purposes of the tournament, if it has any. I was preoccupied with observing the sheer absurdity of everything on the screen...

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 29, 2007
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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Just another one-joke sketch that goes on forever.

August 29, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Christopher Walken does not actually show up in Asian drag until halfway through Balls of Fury -- not enough to salvage this mostly unfunny, extremely silly pingpong comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

August 29, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The gags are either obvious, lame, ineptly timed or repeated so many times as to render them devoid of humor.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 29, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Nothing original, nothing outrageous.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 29, 2007
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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Goodness, gracious, there's no greatness in Balls of Fury, a lifeless pingpong comedy that ricochets from one flat gag to the next. The only novelty it can boast of is that it's a sports spoof without Will Ferrell.

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

August 29, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Lennon, Garant and Fogler are masters of the prolonged punch line, extending a joke so far that it hits funny, whizzes into the stands, then bounces back. The same, come to think of it, could be said for their movie.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 29, 2007
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Balls of Fury also scores points, so to speak, for coming up with its own sports context. Talladega Nights had NASCAR. Blades of Glory had the world of figure skating. Ping-Pong has . . . rec rooms?

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 29, 2007
Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
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It may look episodic and disgracefully low-budget in places, but there's also a theatrical quality in the way scenes are blocked, and punch lines delivered.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 29, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's the kind of comedy that finds Asian people hi-lar-ious because they're...Asian. (Are you laughing yet?)

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: F

August 29, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Balls of Fury is raunchier and somewhat more imaginative than Hot Rod, and it will be must viewing for Christopher Walken completists.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 29, 2007
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
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[Question:] Balls of Fury is a movie about: a. A former table-tennis prodigy enlisted by the FBI to infiltrate the underground Ping-Pong tournament of a legendary Chinese criminal. b. Suppository jokes. c. Nothing worth discussing.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 28, 2007
Brian Lowry
Variety
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Relentlessly silly in spoofing martial-arts movie conventions, Balls of Fury has roughly enough laughs for a first-class trailer but wheezes, gasps and finally goes flat through much of its 90 minutes.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 24, 2007
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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It's the killer pingpong action that ultimately keeps Balls afloat.

August 23, 2007
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