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Kicking & Screaming Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2005
Stop me if you've heard this before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 12, 2005
Kicking & Screaming may be the official end to the Will Ferrell Rolling Thunder of Funny Tour.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2005
A likable but labored situation comedy skewed heavily toward the situation.
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
May 12, 2005
As the coffee-fueled Phil lurches further and further over the edge of soccer coach impropriety, you can sense Ferrell struggling to break through the lame script
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 11, 2005
Thank God for coffee, which provides the only caffeinated jolt to the otherwise deflated Kicking and Screaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Director Jesse Dylan, desperate to avoid yawns, flails madly with staging, editing, slow motion -- any trick he can think of, whether it fits or works or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 13, 2005
Both Duvall and Mike Ditka, who plays himself and helps coach Phil's team, spend too much of the movie on the bench, and while they're there, the jokes run thin.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 12, 2005
A good script is the most essential ingredient for a good movie. Hiring a comedian isn't enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 20, 2005
Kicking and Screaming feels as if it were callously vomited out by a machine, along with a couple of spare parts and some putrid grease.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 19, 2005
...the movie feels like a poor man's updated Bad News uneventful state of mind soaked in absolute mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Is this all there is to Ferrell's career? Mediocre comedies, and wasted talent?
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
If this footy film was in a league it would be languishing at the bottom of the Vauxhall Conference.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joe Utichi
July 25, 2005
Ferrell's a funny guy, that much is true, and his frequent adlibbing is always preferable to the scripted humour he delivers, but he's just not right to lead a film like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 32/100
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
May 13, 2005
Kicking & Screaming has an idea, and little more. Well, an idea and Will Ferrell's slavish comedic devotion. And these days... that's apparently all you need.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 13, 2005
Gets the job done for its core audience of tots%u2014and for no one else.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Uri Lessing
June 28, 2005
Iron Mike is phenomenal! Kicking and Screaming is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Blackwelder
May 11, 2005
Most agonizing is the sting of watching Ferrell, after (his) witty performances in Elf and Melinda & Melinda, revert to the same old one-note, dim-bulb clowning.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 12, 2005
If anyone tries to get you to go to Kicking & Screaming, do just that.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 13, 2005
[I]neffectual loser manchild Ferrell is up to his usual schtick here, and no 'joke' is too inevitable or obvious.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 13, 2005
Kicking & Screaming seems to be exactly what you'd expect - a Bad News Bears with soccer moms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Wilkins
Frank's Reel Reviews
October 15, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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