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The Longest Yard (2005)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 164
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 113

This Yard has some laughs but missing from this remake is the edginess of the original.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 25

This Yard has some laughs but missing from this remake is the edginess of the original.



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One of the toughest and best-remembered sports movies of the 1970s gets a humorous makeover in this comedy. Paul "Wrecking" Crewe (Adam Sandler) was once a famous professional football player, but after several years out of the limelight and an alcohol problem have taken their toll, Crewe is arrested for a serious traffic accident aggravated by the fact he was drunk. Crewe is sentenced to Allenville Penitentiary, where Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) is something of a football fan. Hazen had


Drama, Comedy


Sheldon Turner

Aug 3, 2004


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Everyone involved with this remake claims the utmost respect for Robert Aldrich's raucously funny 1974 original. So you have to wonder why they crapped all over it, starting with the casting.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A Division III imitation of the original.

May 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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No uplifting populism here.

May 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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People will go see The Longest Yard for all sorts of reasons -- its lively humor, the current of violence that's just under the surface, its message of underdog racial reconciliation, or the fact that there's no actual football to watch on TV.

May 31, 2005 Full Review Source:
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The pleasure is entirely like eating cake made from cake mix. It's not like you don't know how it's going to turn out, or how it tasted the last time you ate it.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Whether it's the sight of Reynolds squeezed painfully into a football uniform or the endless footballs-to-the-crotch and tired gay jokes, The Longest Yard has the feeling of mutton dressed as lamb.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Peter Segal ("Anger Management") successfully helms his third Adam Sandler project in this funny modernized retooling of Robert Aldrich's 1974 original .

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

A film we could live without, inspired by an original that was anything but essential.

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Yields the dispiriting insight that Hollywood can't even make credible rabble-rousing junk any more.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source:

This edition of Yard has a lighter feel than the original -- well, considering it's a movie about prison inmates.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

The new film keeps about 90% of the original story and even some of the original lines of dialogue, yet the changes it makes are all misguided.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Filme poco pretencioso que no busca otra cosa que no sea entretener. No pasará a la historia, pero por lo menos es mejor de lo que parece.

November 26, 2005

The 'dumbing' down of popular media continues.

October 10, 2005 Full Review Source:

If you're looking for a predictable, unoriginal, mediocre offering from the good folks over at Happy Madison, rent this puppy...

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Drama that's not dramatic enough and comedy that's not funny enough.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

A worthy remake and companion piece to the Reynolds film.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Never have I seen a movie so unashamedly aimed at demographics.

September 20, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

The lesser of two yards.

September 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A fast-moving treat.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Homophobia, sexism, racism, ageism and OJ-ism pound against genre clichà (C)s as weathered as Reynolds' skin, bludgeoning you into submission.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Adam Sandler, of course, is no Burt Reynolds. But then neither is Burt Reynolds these days, judging by his performance as the team's crusty mentor.

September 6, 2005 Full Review Source:

The film looks fine, but [Segal] never even tries to make something out of this thin material.

August 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Environmentalists will tell you that recycling is a good thing but the Adam Sandler vehicle The Longest Yard goes out of its way to prove otherwise.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source:

Three decades after the original, all the rough edges have been sanded off, and the film has been given the obvious, spoonfed approach of a Hollywood summer movie.

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Palm Beach Daily News

I was never bored, but I wasn't necessarily entertained either. Mine was a sociological interest. What's going on?

June 23, 2005 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Audience Reviews for The Longest Yard

People who lined up to bash this film had better get used to seeing more like it. Hollywood these days is stuck in a rut where three types of films account for nearly every film they release. Those are: remakes, sequels, and films based on comic book characters. The Longest Yard would of course fit into the first category. It is a slightly updated, but fairly faithful remake of the 1974 film of the same name. This time, we have Adam Sandler who plays the incarcerated quarterback that Burt Reynolds played in the original. Reynolds is on hand to play a minor role which the original film also contained. The plot is still the same. Prisoners vs guards in a game of football. Pretty simple.

Did the film make me laugh? Sure it did. There are more than a few chuckles, but not much in the way of side-splitting material. Sandler is actually not that memorable in this film. Some of the best performances actually come from people you might not expect. I was truly impressed with Nelly and Michael Irvin. Both men had their characters down, and really proved they could actually act. Chris Rock is about as good as you'd expect. Your own personal opinion of him will determine how you rate his performance. James Cromwell plays the corrupt warden about as well as you might expect. He's pretty much got the market cornered on evil white guy roles, since J.T. Walsh's untimely death. The rest of the cast becomes a game of "see if you can spot the NFL player, WWE combatant, or famous sports journalist". And what on earth was Cloris Leachman doing in the Bernadette Peters role from the original? Did she lose some kind of bet with Sandler on the set of Spanglish or something?
The original sucked but was worth more then a 1/2 star.
April 9, 2013
Bruce Bruce

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Sandler's take on this famed remake goes for it on 4th down! Some may say that the comedic direction steered the film out of place, but it was the gritty point-of-view on the gridiron that caught my eye. Funny, dirty and obscene at times, but nonetheless good. 4.5/5
July 27, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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October 25, 2011
Colin Montgomery

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The Longest Yard remake is a yet another prime example of a remake that is terrible. The film is awful. With a bad cast, it's no wonder that this film is bad. James Cromwell and William Fichtner are the only two good actors here, and they are totally wasted on a bad film like this. Adam Sandler continues to prove that he is a terrible comedian, and with only three good comedies to his name, he really should get a clue that his films are terrible, and that he's quite unfunny. The Longest Yard is awful, and I was expecting something good with this film, but boy was I disappointed. The original film was decent, nothing too great; but this film is crap. The comedic relief in Sandler and Chris Rock is terrible. I hated it. Two awful comedians in one film are a guaranteed comedic misfire. Which is what The Longest Yard remake is. After a while, I really felt bored and uninterested with the direction of the film. The film was pretty boring and lacked anything interesting or engaging. The film fails at being a comedy, and its execution is clumsy and sloppy. The jokes are stale and unoriginal. This is a pointless remake to a classic film, and it should've never been made. The film doesn't work as a comedy due to its lacking effective comedic talent. I hated this film, and in the end it was a boring film to be avoided. The film was a poorly made comedy that didn't deliver effective laughs.
October 3, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Switowski: I'm sorry. I broke-eted your toy.
    – Submitted by Truth T (5 months ago)
    1. Switowski: Paul, he brokered my nose!
    – Submitted by Jake K (2 years ago)
    1. Paul "Wrecking" Crewe: One more please.
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
    1. Caretaker: In six months he's going to look like Beyonce.
    – Submitted by Dan P (2 years ago)
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