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Necessary Roughness Reviews

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
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
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
Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
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An amiable comedy.

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

January 24, 2014
Variety Staff
Variety
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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
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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If the movie were a farcical free-for-all ridiculing the hyper-competitive world of college football, it might be amusing. But it can never decide whether to be an athletic answer to National Lampoon's Animal House or icky-inspirational like Rocky.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Avoid it because it's the sort of soporific cliché-fest in which every player gets exactly one measly trait, and the suspense about who's going to win the big game registers at absolute zero.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

September 27, 1991
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