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The Replacements (2000)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 107
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 64

The cliched characters and obvious outcome make all the fun and excitement amount to nothing.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 22

The cliched characters and obvious outcome make all the fun and excitement amount to nothing.



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Movie Info

The 1987 National Football League players' strike inspired this sports-themed comedy. The Washington Sentinels are one of the strongest teams in pro football -- until contract negotiations break down and the Sentinels go on strike. Determined to play the team's schedule, owner Edward O'Neil (Jack Warden) recruits a ragtag band of scab players, to be headed up and whipped into shape by the retired veteran coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman). At the top of the recruitment list is quarterback Shane


Drama, Sports & Fitness, Comedy

Vince McKewin, Vince Mc Kewin

Nov 28, 2000


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All Critics (122) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (64) | DVD (19)

It's like a standard sports movie, but with every point made twice or three times -- as if we'd never seen one before.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A soggy comedy.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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A barely coherent comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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Often entertaining despite itself, thanks mostly to a screenful of surprisingly engaging performances.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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While there's plenty in this movie that's mildly funny, The Replacements is nothing more than a high school romp.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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average lighthearted entertainment ... to be queued up more than normal in the coming months with a potential NFL lockout and strike looming

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Lightweight but likeable football story.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

At least the ending doesn't cop out. There is no big happy ending where everyone gets a pro football gig or a big Nike ad campaign.

March 20, 2003 Full Review Source:

Football flick has a great lineup, but fumbles the ball.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix | Comment (1)

The Replacements is a bad movie, but a likable one.

August 22, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Wearing the same blank expression that's become his trademark, Reeves proves that after 15 years in movies he still can't deliver a joke.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

...what we have here is your basic feelgood comedy about scabs..

March 24, 2001 Full Review
WBAI Web Radio

There isn't a single bone of originality in its entire 110-minute running time, yet it just almost works out of sheer force of will.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

A pretty anemic piece of work.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

You will watch this movie and find it so familiar, you'll think you wrote it.

January 1, 2000
New Times

Recycled humor -- and recycled heart -- from a host of former sports dramedies dating back to The Bad News Bears.

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Settles for mere fluff when a solid sports film could feature all the bone-crushing body crunches while still investigating real issues.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

A hokey mistake of a football film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The Replacements deserves replacement as quickly as possible.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

It is a giggle here at the testosterone posturing, and a chuckle there at the goofy cheerleader tryouts.

January 1, 2000
Gay Chicago Magazine

The jokes are fusty and/or unpleasant.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Audience Reviews for The Replacements

One of the worst things I have ever had the misfortune of watching. Cliche writing, terrible acting, this movie gets very little right.
February 26, 2012
Sanjay Rema

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Not so much a sports movie but rather a sports fantasy fried in buckets of greasy charm. Still watchable but only just.
October 1, 2011

Super Reviewer

I'm not a huge fan of sports movies in general, but this was semi-descent. It's kind of so wacky that you almost can't enjoy it on some level. The cast worked good together and I actually think that it's one of Keanu Reeves best performances.
January 10, 2010

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