Church Ball Reviews

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 29, 2006
Hale's directorial style relies way too much on the kind of cheesy music video montages that have long since been parodied to death, and the religious rock songs used are truly awful.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
April 28, 2006
... a carefree, underdog sports comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 28, 2006
Its rowdiness, bathroom humor, cast of familiar but second-rate actors and overall disrespect for organized religion make it seem like any other bad Hollywood farce.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
April 13, 2006
Jokes fall flat, characterizations are sketchy at best, setups never receive their payoff, unnecessary subplots slow the already glacial pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 13, 2006
Air ball . . . Air ball . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 10, 2006
Recreational basketball leagues offer plenty to laugh at and screenwriter Paul Eagleston mined that material, but not as deeply as he needed to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 23, 2006
Will non-Mormons start noticing HaleStorm's productions? I wouldn't bet the tithing money on it yet, but they're heading in the right direction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
March 22, 2006
It commands more attention than previous efforts because of a wonderfully eclectic cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 19, 2006
Despite the presence of funnyman Fred Willard, stays mostly on the pre-teen comedy level, obscuring an underlying moral about unity and reaching out to the disregarded
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 17, 2006
Relies heavily on dumb slapstick, including a few tasteless, low-brow moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 17, 2006
Like Kurt Hale's previous Mormon comedies..., Church Ball envelops the viewer in the embrace of the familiar.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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