Kicking & Screaming Reviews

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Will Ferrell has become the most unlikely embodiment of wholesome family fun since Fred MacMurray gave up film noir for My Three Sons.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 26, 2005
This isn't the worst setup for a kiddie comedy, but it proves that Ferrell alone can't carry a film.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 21, 2005
... barely watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 19, 2005
A zero, but the title describes how the audience is likely to react, perfectly.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 13, 2005
Ferrell is one of the film's few bright lights. It's a shame to hide that subversive beacon under a bushel of dully inspirational sports movie cliches.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 13, 2005
As lazy, bloated and TV-screen- friendly as shameless promos come.
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Malene Arpe
Toronto Star
May 13, 2005
If you're into Will Ferrell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 13, 2005
It just plods along, harmless but lifeless, going exactly where you think it's going.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 13, 2005
Sit in a room by yourself, look at a blank screen for 90 minutes, and you'll have more of a chance of laughing at your own thoughts than you will at this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 13, 2005
Silly, mindless and derivative, but Duvall brings some bite to the proceedings and Ferrell is dependably amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 13, 2005
Even a soccer-savvy audience has better things to do -- like instilling unsportsmanlike behavior in their kids or sabotaging rival teams.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 13, 2005
Most of the time, [the kids] go along. Most of the time we do, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
May 13, 2005
A limping string of laboured sight gags and sentimental clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 13, 2005
Doesn't quite deliver the comedy goods, but it plays well in spurts and, thanks to Ferrell, remains slightly off-kilter.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 13, 2005
The sort of almost-there family movie for which half-stars exist in ratings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 13, 2005
Rather shakily directed by Jesse (son of Bob) Dylan, who possibly knows something about larger-than-life fathers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 12, 2005
The kind of movie that makes you wonder why anyone would even bother making it in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 12, 2005
Kicking & Screaming delivers what it promises, but it's time to promise something better.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 12, 2005
An entertaining family movie, and may serve a useful purpose if it inspires kids to overthrow their coaches and take over their own sports.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
May 12, 2005
There's few revelations, but it's pleasantly handled and swiftly executed. Kids will love it, and there's enough laughs to sustain their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 12, 2005
Crushingly inept family comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 12, 2005
A so-so family sports comedy that aims a weak satirical kick at the divided soul of the American middle-class dad, as personified by Will Ferrell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 12, 2005
Kicking & Screaming is yet another low-budget, high-concept vehicle for Will Ferrell to say and do dumb stuff, throw hissy-fits, get punched in the face, and find redemption (as both a dad and a son).
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
May 12, 2005
An immensely likable, funny comedy that finds a novel approach to that familiar combo of kids and sports.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2005
A likable but labored situation comedy skewed heavily toward the situation.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 12, 2005
Kicking & Screaming gives us Ferrell in top form. As the mentor to a squad of hapless 10-year-olds, he's the least mature person on the field.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 12, 2005
Ferrell fiddles with different kinds of jokes as if he were trying on shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
May 12, 2005
Ferrell sticks with it, kicking and screaming indeed, distracting us with his good-natured mugging until enough 'it's-not-about-winning' lessons to fill a sequel are pounded home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2005
Just watching Ferrell pull faces (for lack of a better term) is hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2005
Laughs-wise, it lacks the raucous edge of an Old School or Anchorman or the retro charm of an Elf, but there's still plenty of Will-power to fuel this likable underdog trifle.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 11, 2005
Ferrell doesn't just save this junk -- he rules it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Matt Singer
Village Voice
May 10, 2005
Even the intermittent laughs undermine Kicking and its winning-isn't-everything message. According to the plot, competition makes Phil insufferable. According to Ferrell's performance, it makes him hilarious.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 9, 2005
Will Ferrell is one funny guy.