Necessary Roughness Reviews

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2014
The film itself is a genial, slight, entirely predictable football comedy, but it serves Bakula well.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 24, 2014
Necessary Roughness has the right kind of rambunctious spirit for this kind of picture -- even if it's not quite as inventive as similar movies like the recent baseball send-up, Major League.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 24, 2014
The cast and crew quite obviously had a good time making this movie and that sense of good cheer radiates from the screen.
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
January 24, 2014
An amiable comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
September 4, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
May 6, 2005
Kicks goals both as a comedy and sports Pic
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie doesn't try to pump itself up into more than it is, a good-humored entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An infectious albeit formulaic game of Cinderella football, this happy athletic romp seems to know just how wheezy it is, but the team grunts "hut, hut," and puts it right on the numbers anyway.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
In the hands of likable actors who are using a script that fairly bubbles with quips and sight gags, you can forgive an awful lot.
Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
May 19, 2015
Awful '90s football story with hard hits, profanity, cliches
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 24, 2014
For every sharp one-liner about a pampered college football team that's "so corrupt it could use its yearbook photos as mug shots," there's a brain-numbing plot development that's straight out of a desperate sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 24, 2014
As they say in football, pass.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 24, 2014
The shameless commercialism and hypocrisy of big-time college football is a target as inviting as a receiver wide open in the end zone. But the muddled huddle that is Necessary Roughness is one long fumble strewn with offensive lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
January 24, 2014
An American football comedy which replays all the situations and clichés from the baseball saga Major League, but with a minor-league cast and clumsy direction from Stan Dragoti.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Rusnak
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 24, 2014
Too bad the lowbrow laughs were shortchanged by a tired script about misfits and loners banding together to gain a little self-respect.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
January 24, 2014
In the end, and from the viewpoint of a country where polytechnics can barely afford books, it's hard not to identify with the dean who resents all the time and energy wasted on football in his supposed institute of learning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Goodman
People Magazine
January 24, 2014
Suffice it to say that Necessary Roughness is not particularly rough and is certainly not necessary.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
This gridiron comedy piles up cliches the way Notre Dame racks up yardage, with an option-variety screenplay that promiscuously pitches the story in multiple directions.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Cue endless football montages, interspersed with a load of drivel about finding fulfilment, making real friends, and rediscovering the joys of pure sporting endeavour.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 28, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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