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Here Comes the Boom (2012)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 57

Here Comes the Boom benefits from Kevin James's genial presence but the film doesn't deliver enough laughs to live up to its title -- or enough satisfying plot to make up the difference.


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 18

Here Comes the Boom benefits from Kevin James's genial presence but the film doesn't deliver enough laughs to live up to its title -- or enough satisfying plot to make up the difference.



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In the comedy Here Comes the Boom, former collegiate wrestler Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler,) Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy - most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek) - but in his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he becomes a sensation that


Action & Adventure, Comedy


Allan loeb, Kevin james

Feb 5, 2013


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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (57) | DVD (3)

Weak humor and vanilla plotting have replaced legitimate drama, pathos, and character development.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comment (1)
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It's nice that the hero goes to the mat for what he believes in. But he's not the only thing that comes down with a thud.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source:
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It delivers exactly what's expected from a flabby mishmash of high school inspirational tale and Mixed Martial Arts fighting exhibitionism ladled out by Adam Sandler running mate Frank Coraci ...

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Here Comes the Boom will probably connect like a haymaker with most of its intended audience. The leads are likeable, and the plot, though beyond incredible, is at the very least distracting.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Why doesn't most of this movie take place in a coma ward?

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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"Here Comes the Boom" is so full of clichés from other, better movies that it is almost plays like a parody of an underdog tale.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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Ultimately, the film is much too derivative to stand (and deliver) on its own, but at its best moments, it proves amiably average, chiefly due to James' natural charms.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It isn't nearly as funny or inspiring as it wants to be, but it makes a legitimate effort.

July 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch

A lightweight action-comedy that only tries to entertain, but at least it meets that modest goal. And it knocks out lighter weight comedies like The School of Rock.

February 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The highly likeable Kevin James headlines a highly likeable school/sports comedy lark in which he again plays a lovable oaf.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

The 'Mr. Holland's Opus' meets 'Rocky II' story will satisfy some who long for innocuous content, even those who know James deserves better material.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

An average made-for-TV-type movie that makes its way onto the big screen, 'Here Comes the Boom' doesn't pack much of a punch.

November 20, 2012 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Now, then. When is Stallone going to start playing a head teacher? Maybe the switch would work the other way...

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

105 painful minutes of a fat guy getting punched in the face and falling down.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Merely the kind of film that once it's on DVD will end up as necessarily mindless fodder for bench-pressing numbskulls to watch in a gym.

November 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

The film aims to be simultaneously a coarse sentimental little-guy comedy, a tale of embracing the American dream, and an increasingly serious underdog fight movie on the lines of Rocky. It fails on all three counts.

November 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Couldn't Kevin have raised the money by selling hard drugs or trafficking underage women? The closing scenes would, under those circumstances, have seemed only marginally less peculiar.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

There's nothing here that you haven't seen a dozen times before and done much better.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

I went in with rock-bottom expectations and came out pleasantly surprised. It isn't completely awful.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

The Wedding Singer's Frank Coraci retains an endearing fondness for funny-faced bit-parts, but it's fundamentally formulaic in construction and mediocre in execution.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

A fantasia of hackneyed conceits about education ...

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Every now and again a film comes along that could play as a parody of itself with minimal alteration, and 90 per cent of them seem to have some kind of connection to Adam Sandler.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Daft but hard to dislike ...

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Surprisingly enjoyable, thanks to strong comic performances, likeable characters and direction that gets the tone exactly right.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Unfortunately, the comedy is strictly from the undercard.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

As an undemanding time-passer, Here Comes The Boom just about goes the distance.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Audience Reviews for Here Comes the Boom

A wonderful and great surprise. A hilarious and wickedly enjoyable comedy that's filled with action and heart. Kevin James wins by a knockout in this one. Henry Winkler is terrific. Baz Rutton is a blast to watch. A tremendously enjoyable and immensely watchable comedy that works on any level. Its nothing but a good time from start to finish.
June 19, 2013

Super Reviewer

Here comes the Boom is fairly harmless unless you take it too seriously but I'm not sure why you would. It's perhaps a little unfair to teachers but the three leads are played by extremely likable actors and the film does have its moments, I chuckled a couple of times in fact. It's a silly idea and I don't like the way everything seems to be solved by fighting or winning for that matter but like I said, best not to take it too seriously. It's got Henry Winkler in it and that will do nicely.
June 6, 2013

Super Reviewer

"Here Comes the Boom" takes no risks whatsoever. The humor doesn't connect and the story is lacking. But you know what? It's a fun time all because of the lovable presence of Kevin James and the humorous Bas Rutten. "Here Comes the Boom" won't leave a lasting impression on your mind, but it's an enjoyable time at the movies.
April 2, 2013
Albert Kim

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Here Comes the Boom was a film that I knew my low expectations would be met with no disappointments. I mean, I like Kevin James. I think he's a pretty funny guy. I even took notice to his more slender built. He must have physically worked hard for this role. But it seems like every Kevin James film or Adam Sandler film there is all of these recycled actors in the mix. The films are basically made up of other actors they are friends with. You get a new face here and there, but it's mostly the same cast in every film. I guess it's nice of them to give them roles to keep them employed. But it gets a bit old. So does these unfunny films. I liked that they gave notice to how important the music is in schools. But all of the rest was farfetched. I laughed a couple times, but still the film fell flat. I only even watched it because my nephew loves Kevin Smith (He's obsessed with that damn mall movie he's in). It's not something I would see again unless I caught it on T.V. Well that and if my nephew begs me. I can't say no to him. He is my kryptonite.
March 29, 2013

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