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Rebound (2005)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 78

Rebound ought to entertain its target audience, but there's nothing here for those who've seen The Bad News Bears or its countless derivatives.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 28

Rebound ought to entertain its target audience, but there's nothing here for those who've seen The Bad News Bears or its countless derivatives.



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A man hoping to make his way back to the big time starts by heading back to middle school in this comedy. Roy McCormick (Martin Lawrence) is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball, but he's just as famous for his hair-trigger temper as he is for molding winning teams. When an outburst of anger during a game escalates into an embarrassing public indecent, McCormick loses his job and is banned from college sports. Looking for a way to rehabilitate his image, McCormick takes a job



Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, John Lucas

Dec 20, 2005


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All Critics (97) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (78) | DVD (9)

Lawrence coasts on star power, genially sending up his bad-boy persona.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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... a dumb, cookie-cutter sports movie that knows nothing about sports and even less about comedy.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A lazy, by-the-numbers vehicle.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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With the bounceless Rebound, Martin Lawrence has managed the feat of transforming from razor-tongue Bad Boys comic into a cuddly Bill Cosby clone.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Even the teenaged misfit audiences to whom "Rebound" is targeted will lose patience with the film's uninspired gags and lazy writing.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

An adequate video babysitter, but kids and parents alike would have a better time simply rewatching The Bad News Bears.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Frankly I wouldn't be surprised if Rebound was written, shot, edited, and released over the course of ... let's be generous and say three weeks.

December 10, 2005 Full Review Source:

Will probably go down someplace in the cinema history books, as it is the first film in which star Martin Lawrence never goes "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!"

July 19, 2005 Full Review Source:

Why would such a talent as Martin Lawrence make a totally useless, inane movie? I'm guessing that, as usual, money talks.

July 14, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

It took no fewer than five writers to come up with this dull, harmless re-tread of The Bad News Bears.

July 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

Every cliche-filled line and plot element comes from other, better movies, so why not wait for the upcoming remake of "Bad News Bears"?

July 9, 2005 Full Review Source:

The low-scoring Rebound makes Martin Lawrence's upcoming sequel to Big Momma's House seem like a blessed event.

July 8, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Exposure to Rebound will not require immediate medical attention - but you could say that about a plate of tofu. That doesn't mean there's any reason to seek it out.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a laugh-free exercise in moviemaking by numbers.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The movie's bad, but at least it isn't aggressively annoying. It has puke jokes, but hey -- no farts! Put those quotes in your ads, 20th Century Fox.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source:

It's a ready cinematic babysitter for harried moms and dads who need some weekend downtime detox from the brood.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An underdog sports saga that skips nary a cliche on its nearly laughless journey.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

The funniest joke comes in the credits when it is revealed that it took five writers to come up with a story and screenplay that you and I could have coughed up one morning before lunch, depending on our typing skills.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

The outcome of all this is never in doubt, and the film's attempts to be cute and cuddly are as insincere as Lawrence's performance.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Lawrence should take what he has accomplished here and run to someone with a better script.

July 5, 2005
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

The exact same movie remade over and over again.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

The sanitized version of 'Coach Carter'

July 3, 2005 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Rebound

A comedy where old school ...meets middle school

Good movie. Basketball with kids is always fun and funny. I like sports movies specially basketball one's. This movie story was totally predictable but it was an entertaining film at least and the end was nice. The slow ref was funny jajaja.

Coach Roy once was college basketball's top mastermind. But lately his attentions have been on his next endorsements, not on his next game. What¹s more, Roy's temper has run amuck, leading to his being banned from college ball until he can demonstrate compliance--in other words, not explode every time he walks onto the court. Roy waits and waits; for a suitable coaching offer, but he receives only one: the Mount Vernon Junior High School Smelters basketball squad. Roy reluctantly accepts the offer, hoping that a few weeks at the school will prove his good intentions and restore him to his high-living ways as a celebrated college coach. But when old school meets middle school, Coach Roy doesn't know what hit him. It's not until Roy decides to teach his young charges some new concepts--like passing, rebounding, dribbling, and scoring--that the Smelters begin to find success and Roy finds something long thought lost: his love of the game.
June 29, 2011
Manu Gino

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When I was 11 years old I thought it was good! But I know that I used to be a stupid little kid!
January 13, 2010
KJ Proulx

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Hilarious! Precious film minutes are wasted as Martin Lawrence ho-hums the gig, Pace picks up when he puts his heart into transforming his geeky team into confident winners. Despite a few humour gaps, the film manages to entertain in large part because of the believability of the painful, embarrassing moments the kids experience asking the way.
February 15, 2009
Dean McKenna

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I think this is a Martin Lawrence movie, right?
September 13, 2008

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