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Time Out New York
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 31, 2005
A Division III imitation of the original.
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
May 31, 2005
No uplifting populism here.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 31, 2005
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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 27, 2005
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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 27, 2005
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.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 27, 2005
Though there's no drearier trend in current movies than recycling, this modified Yard is more smoothly crafted than the 1974 slapstick version.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 27, 2005
The Longest Yard works well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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May 27, 2005
What was already a raucous put-on, a goof on Aldrich's brutal action movies, is now a hyperbolic, gross-out cartoon, with a cast of enormous ex-football stars only adding to the air of facetiousness.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 27, 2005
It's indifferent, charisma-free filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 27, 2005
An odd mix of amusing nonsense and nastiness that chugs along, hit and miss, until the last section, which is the best part of the movie and its real reason for being: the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 27, 2005
It's not as good as the 1974 original, or even as good as the 2001 British soccer remake of Yard, Mean Machine. But there are bright spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 27, 2005
Although Sandler has occasionally broken the pattern, most recently with Spanglish, here he returns to the old, profitable, well-worn rut.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 27, 2005
A misguided, miscast remake of the 1974 Robert Aldrich classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 27, 2005
The Longest Yard is packed with many such tiny gifts for insiders, and picking them out is a big part of the movie's charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 27, 2005
A serviceable bone-cruncher of a sports comedy, just tough enough and funny enough to reach the end zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Globe and Mail
May 27, 2005
Unoriginal but confident, it's the kind of effort that's just good enough to keep [Sandler's] track record going.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 27, 2005
Good old-fashioned fun from kickoff to the last crossing of the goal line.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 27, 2005
The new version is not nearly as convincing or as credible as the old.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 27, 2005
See it if you think Adam Sandler is Joe Montana. See it if you like men in team-issued tight pants. See it if you like men in prison-issue tight pants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 27, 2005
It's surprising how much of the movie is flat and how predictable the gags are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 27, 2005
The characters sound like they were dreamed up during the drive to the set.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 27, 2005
The Longest Yard more or less achieves what most of the people attending it will expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 27, 2005
The Longest Yard seems to be one of those Sandler efforts that occupy a middle ground between goofy comedy and quasi-realistic drama.
| Original Score: C+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 26, 2005
Painfully unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 26, 2005
If you're thinking of seeing it, and you're old enough to drive (or even read this), do yourself a favor and rent the original instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 26, 2005
Instead of The Longest Yard, they should have called it the Shortest Route to the Bank.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 26, 2005
Softer, louder and cleaner than the 1974 version, the new film sentimentalizes the prisoners and the game, filing down their sharpest edges so that winning becomes a matter of triumph rather than resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 26, 2005
Provides a few laughs, contact endorphins for the pigskin-deprived, and not much else.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 26, 2005
The new Yard is just as slick and rousing as the old Yard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 26, 2005
Viewers who come to see a football movie likely will leave satisfied. But those who want to see an Adam Sandler movie would do better to rent The Waterboy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin M. Williams
Chicago Tribune
May 26, 2005
Where the original was a serious film with funny moments, this movie isn't sure if it's a drama or comedy, too incompetently rendered to be both.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 26, 2005
Sandler's timing is good enough to make the funny scenes come alive. But he has trouble conveying any emotion that couldn't just as easily be expressed with a high-five.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 26, 2005
A mean, lean laugh machine.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
May 26, 2005
A predictable, choppy affair at best.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 26, 2005
A genial crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 25, 2005
I can't help thinking that in this game of remake, points have been shaved.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joe Leydon
Variety
May 23, 2005
Sandler smartly balances the script's mix of cynicism and sentiment in his ingratiating lead performance. (And he's physically persuasive as an ex-quarterback.)
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 23, 2005
More Mirth Machine than Mean Machine, this agreeable remake still manages to go the distance.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 12, 2005
Laughs doggedly fail to ensue, and Burt Reynolds' wasted presence as an old-timer eager for one more shot at glory only underlines the remake's weaknesses as comedy and drama.