Ping Pong Playa Reviews

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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
Mostly a little shrewder about stereotypes than your typical slacker comedy, deriving its edge from Yu and Tsai's mining of the cultural specificity of Asian-America for laughs
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 12, 2008
Ace documentarian Jessica Yu's fictional feature debut ... is mostly funny and often cute, but it suffers a bit in comparison to the very similar Foot Fist Way ...
Jeff Wong
Film Threat
November 4, 2008
Overall the movie was enjoyable but not amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Monika Bartyzel
Cinematical
September 29, 2008
If you go into Ping Pong Playa' expecting a light, predictable comedy, it would be hard to come out unsatisfied.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 12, 2008
Ping Pong Playa falters on formula only occasionally, but otherwise remains a consistently agreeable romp that strikes just the right chord of ironic sentimentally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 11, 2008
Asian-American cinema breaks out of its identity crisis with a comedy that is competitive with the American standard while addressing social and cultural issues particular to minority audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 11, 2008
There's no resisting the movie's antic affability or its irreverence, even with Chris's unavoidable progression toward the mature appreciation of his roots.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2008
The movie doesn't take its broad, jokey premise terribly far, but it manages to sustain a goofy-sweet comic energy and offers sly observations about assimilation, sibling rivalry and the art of competitive maternal bragging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 5, 2008
A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 5, 2008
The result is has a certain silly, kid-friendly charm, and Yu astutely chose to clean up C-Dog's profane language by 'bleeping' the harsher bits with the sound of a bouncing basketball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
September 5, 2008
There's a deeper, touching acknowledgment of braggadocio as persona, how the commodified dissent of hip-hop lends itself to masking insecurities.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
September 4, 2008
Bright and hilarious, Ping Pong Playa is a so-silly-it's-smart comedy starring Jimmy Tsai, whose uproarious cinematic id, C-dub, is a character I would be happy to watch for many sequels to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 4, 2008
A fleet-footed, featherweight comedy riddled with cliches, but nonetheless charming and winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
September 4, 2008
A transparent romance/sports flick whose predictability is easily trumped by the refreshingly appealing parade of well-developed, Asian-American characters who make the movie enjoyable by turning an array of common cinematic stereotypes on their heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 4, 2008
Aside from the casting and the location shooting, there's not much to distinguish Ping Pong Playa from Ladybugs or The Mighty Ducks.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2008
A winning comedy that entertainingly elevates a low-profile sport.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 3, 2008
A good, clean, fun comedy that uses a table tennis championship to crack inside jokes about Los Angeles' Chinese-American community.
September 2, 2008
[W]hen the characters are this charming and the dialogue is this smart, you won't mind watching a little white ball clonk its way from paddle to tabletop and back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Norm Schrager
Filmcritic.com
September 1, 2008
could be a big, watchable cable TV star, especially if you're 12 years old.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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