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The Benchwarmers (2006)

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Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 62

A gross-out comedy that is more sophomoric than funny, The Benchwarmers goes down swinging.

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Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 12

A gross-out comedy that is more sophomoric than funny, The Benchwarmers goes down swinging.

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For anyone who's ever been picked on, put down or pushed around, your heroes are here! Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) star as three older guys who know what it's like to be bullied. After catching some nasty neighborhood kids picking on a friend's son, they strike back by forming a three-man baseball team to challenge the state's best youth teams. Now, cheered on by every nerd, geek, and misfit in town, these underdogs are about to have a field day in this

PG-13,

Comedy

Allen Covert, Nick Swardson

Jul 25, 2006

$57.7M

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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (62) | DVD (13)

Just when the baseball slapstick starts wearing thin, a final-reel gush of truly cynical sentiment on behalf of the physically challenged sends the ordeal-factor off the scale.

June 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's hard to buy the movie as an underdog success story, since even the actors barely seem to exert themselves.

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Like pretty much everything else bearing Happy Madison's name, The Benchwarmers kind of sucks.

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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The three losers play a series of Little League teams, snatching victory from the jaws of slapstick humiliation.

April 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Schneider winds up playing straight man to Spade, who once again relies on his snarky coward shtick, and Heder, who comes across like someone doing a bad imitation of ... well, Heder himself in Napoleon Dynamite.

April 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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It's a movie packed with so many idiot characters that Rob Schneider is cast as the cool guy -- and sort of pulls it off.

April 10, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Stupidity this epic can only be the deliberate work of cynical opportunists.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

In the last line of the film, as the final credits thankfully disappear, Richie casually says "that was a waste of time wasn't it?" Yes. Definitely.

October 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

It doesn't take a genius to work out what's on offer: toilet humour, physical comedy, more toilet humour and an Americans-do-it-best schmaltzy climax.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

...ultimately nothing more than a silly, egregiously sentimental comedy...

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

You won't know whether to roll your eyes or smile like a fool, but you will know you've been entertained.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Comment (1)
MovieCrypt.com

...there was actually a small smattering of applause when the movie ended. Whether they were clapping for the film or just the fact that it was finally over will have to remain a mystery.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The Benchwarmers is better than it should have been. Only, that's not saying much.

June 6, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Even Jon Lovitz with a Batmobile, a dwarf attack in a playroom, and David Spade's best wig ever can't save this mawkish misfire.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Unfunny, badly thought out and occasionally downright offensive, this is an extremely poor effort, even by the standards of other Rob Schneider movies.

June 1, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Highbrow humour is not the film's strong point but there's no faulting the sincerity of this against-all-odds comedy.

May 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The Benchwarmers strikes out. Again and again and again.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This abysmally static comedy, the brainfart of 'the people who brought you Big Daddy' is a mess on every level %u2026 depressingly woeful.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Starring Schneider and Spade, whose careers have been circling the drain for years, and Heder, who won't be far behind them if he doesn't improve his career moves.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

This comedy made me laugh exactly 3 times during its entire 80-minute run.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Only the reliably funny Jon Lovitz delivers his lines with any aplomb, providing just a few laughs in this otherwise horrid movie.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Believe it or not, The Benchwarmers is so lame that it can't even lay claim to being the best Adam Sandler-produced movie not screened for critics in 2006

April 29, 2006 Full Review Source: New Times | Comments (3)
New Times

An Adam Sandler movie without Adam Sandler, THE BENCHWARNERS offers the worst of all worlds.

April 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

What is Craig Kilborn doing in this movie?

April 22, 2006 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

There's a reason this comedy was not screened for critics. It strikes out, except at Pizza hut which must be thrilled with its product placements.

April 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Modamag.com
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Audience Reviews for The Benchwarmers

It has its funny moments that'll leave you wondering how stupid they were to do those things, but the Benchwarmers is no home run. The plain gags and stupid humor are a double to get this film out of the game. 3/5
July 27, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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The worst "comedy" that I ever saw these days.
July 27, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

The Benchwarmers had some minor laughs here and there, but as a memorable comedy it fails to stand out, and doesn't withstand multiple viewings. The comedy factor falls apart after awhile, and you realize how sloppily written this comedy is. The jokes are sometimes comical; however most of them fall flat. After awhile you realize that this comedy isn't what it's supposed to be, and that's a good comedy. Everything about this film is forgettable to say the least. I did laugh, but The Benchwarmers is a mediocre comedy with washed up comedians that are very, very hit and miss. Go into The Benchwarmers with an open mind, just so you won't be disappointed. I did, and though I laughed, I still felt that this film wasn't good. If you want a mindless forgettable comedy, then this is the film to watch. Don't expect anything truly great like Superbad or The Hangover, because you will be very disappointed. Nothing is ever accomplished with this film, and the end result is a film that struggles with trying to you laugh. The film could have worked, if the script was reworked slightly and the cast was better. This is the type of film worth watching only once. The film doesn't stand out, and it has minor laughs throughout, but never anything to really laugh out loud to. If you want to watch a great comedy, this isn't the one to watch. The Benchwarmers is a mediocre comedic outing, one that has limited potential that shows its flaws on-screen.
May 8, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Not so funny. David's brother looked odd.
January 25, 2012
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    1. Clark: Boooooooooo!
    2. Ritchie: YOU JUST LOST YOUR MEMBERSHIP AT VIDEOSPOT!
    3. Clark: DANG IT!
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    1. Gus: I made a mistake Nelson. I wish I could take it all back.
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    1. Ritchie: What is this? Children of the corn?
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    1. Clark: Makers of what? Poop?
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    1. Howie: THE SUN IS NOT A MONSTER!!!
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    1. Clark: Macaroni must have steroids!
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