Ed (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ed (1996)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

In this baseball comedy a potentially talented minor-league pitcher finds himself upstaged by the team's newest star player, a chimpanzee. The chimpanzee is actually played by two acrobats in a animatronic suit.more
Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: David Mickey Evans, Ken Richards, Janus Cercone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
MCA Universal Home Video


Matt LeBlanc
as Jack Cooper
Bill Cobbs
as Tipton
Jay Caputo
as Ed Sullivan
Denise Cheshire
as Ed Sullivan
Patrick Kerr
as Kirby Woods
Charlie Schlatter
as Buddy Halsten
Carl Anthony Payne I...
as Stats Jefferson
Philip Bruns
as Clarence
Curt Kaplan
as Randall `Zonk' Cszon...
Zacharias Ward
as Dusty Richards
Mike McGlone
as Oliver Barnett
Jim Caviezel
as Dizzy Anderson
Valente Rodriguez
as Jesus Rodriguez
Phillip Bruns
as Clarence
Sage Allen
as Cooper's Mother
Stan Ivar
as Cooper's Father
Rick Johnson
as Kurt `Crush' Bunyon
Leonard Kelly-Young
as Customer Joe
Troy Evans
as Bus Driver
Richard Gant
as Umpire at Sharks Gam...
Steve Eastin
as Shark's Manager
K.C. Corkery
as Little Boy at Banana...
Jaquita Green
as Little Girl
Ken Zavayna
as Peanut Man
Kevin M. Kraft
as Shortstop
Brad Hunt
as Carnie
Mark Cassella
as Security Guard
Joe Bucaro III
as Goon No. 1
Noon Orsatti
as Goon No. 2
John-Clay Scott
as Banana Truck Driver
Jessica Pennington
as Nurse Rosa Cays
Mitchell Ryan
as Abe Woods
Macka Foley
as Umpire at Championsh...
Michael Chieffo
as Dr. Joseph Middleton
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Ed

Critic Reviews for Ed

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Might tolerably amuse the under-10 crowd, but will prove borderline intolerable for everyone else.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It's forgettable matinee fodder.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The movie is breathtakingly unadventurous, with its cheesy story line, hackneyed ballpark-fable sentiments, "adorable" animal and collection of one-dimensional human nincompoops, headed by Matt LeBlanc

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Mr. LeBlanc ... is so blank that the only impression he makes is of having teeth that are very large and unnaturally white.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Why Bill Couturie, who produced the affecting AIDS-quilt docu Common Threads, took on this howler is as mysterious as the theory of evolution. Why LeBlanc gave up hiatus for the role is as mysterious as Hollywood.

Full Review… | March 15, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A buddy comedy with big groans, potty humor, and drinking.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Ed

Ed is not a bad family movie. If you have little kids or are just really bored and are looking for a quick laugh this movie may do it for you.

The lines are cheesy, the plot is even cheesier, and it's more then unrealistic. But it does deliver some funny parts as a man embraces a Chimpanzee as not only a teammate but as a new best friend.

Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer


Amazing entertaining comedy of a baseball-playing chimp who joins for the demoralised minor league team. More hilarious.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Most people just get a dog.

Jack 'Deuce' LeBlanc has a rocket arm who is caught in a recreational game, drafted, and placed in the minors. He lacks control of his hard stuff and gets hammered throwing off speed pitches. The minor league team doesn't make much money; so in a desperation act, they purchase a baseball playing monkey to play third. Jack and the monkey have to be roommates and Jack's life changes forever.

"We don't carry bats in your size."
"We do now."

Bill Couturie, director of numerous documentaries including 30 for 30, Letters to Jackie, Vietnam Requiem, and Earth and the American Dream, delivers Ed. The storyline for this picture is miserable as is the monkey which is a funny man in a costume. The acting is dreadful but kids may enjoy the plot.

"I think we have a rocket arm."

I came across this on HBOGO and had to watch it with my daughter (we had never seen this before). This is a ridiculous kids movie with a horrible concept; however, I found my daughter giggling throughout the movie. This probably deserves less than 2 stars, but I am giving it two stars due to my daughter thoroughly enjoying this film.

"I'm going to spank that monkey."

Grade: C

Kevin Robbins

Ed Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Ed on our Movie forum!