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Necessary Roughness Reviews

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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The film itself is a genial, slight, entirely predictable football comedy, but it serves Bakula well.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

January 24, 2014
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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 Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 24, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The cast and crew quite obviously had a good time making this movie and that sense of good cheer radiates from the screen.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide

January 24, 2014
Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
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An amiable comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 24, 2014
Susan Granger

| Original Score: 3/5

September 4, 2006
Clint Morris

Kicks goals both as a comedy and sports Pic

| Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie doesn't try to pump itself up into more than it is, a good-humored entertainment.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 24, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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As they say in football, pass.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

January 24, 2014
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

January 24, 2014
Adrian Turner
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2014
Jeff Rusnak
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Too bad the lowbrow laughs were shortchanged by a tired script about misfits and loners banding together to gain a little self-respect.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

January 24, 2014
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2014
Mark Goodman
People Magazine

Suffice it to say that Necessary Roughness is not particularly rough and is certainly not necessary.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

January 24, 2014
Variety Staff
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009

Time Out
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Cue endless football montages, interspersed with a load of drivel about finding fulfilment, making real friends, and rediscovering the joys of pure sporting endeavour.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

July 28, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

February 7, 2005
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