Semi-Pro Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
Semi-Pro isn't the most well-designed of comedies, it's far too disjointed without enough thought given to making it work as a whole, but there are enough genuinely funny moments, especially from upstart Daly, to make it worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brent Simon
Screen International
October 18, 2008
No amount or combination of shame, absurdity and unflattering outfits seem to dint Ferrell's fierce commitment to character.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008
Coming from someone that didn't like Ferrell's last few comedies, I can say that this is an improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 1, 2008
Qualifies as a sort of cinematic comfort food: it's the mac and cheese of the cineplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 6, 2008
Semi-Pro stays true to the formula, and it's a pretty funny, good-looking comedy.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 2, 2008
Affectionate if foul-mouthed locker room method acting, with defensive moves on behalf of the mostly flabby-abs homeboy team concept. And counting all sorts of eccentric, nutty and deeply lovable players, before sports went commercial and big time.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
March 15, 2008
The cast does, though, rise above the top (or bottom) of some situations and keeps the film on the positive side of funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
EURWeb
March 3, 2008
True to the Will Ferrell formula, going for the joke trumps plot and character development at every turn, with the trademark humor coming via nonsensical slapstick and such Seventies-era fashion statements as cotton-candy afros and loathsome leisure suit
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 1, 2008
No one will argue that Semi-Pro isn't crude and lewd. Thanks to Ferrell and his cast of crazies, however, it plays the lowbrow genre like an all-pro.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects
February 29, 2008
Will Ferrell in short shorts. Isn't that enough to inspire you to see the movie Semi-Pro?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 29, 2008
There are some ludicrous sight gags and uniquely silly, if foul-mouthed, laughs. The movie falters when it tries to be serious. Fortunately, those moments are few.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 29, 2008
You can't help but marvel, and laugh at, Ferrell's indefatigable enthusiasm and willingness to make a complete ass of himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 29, 2008
If you're a Ferrell fan, this is probably the kind of movie you want to see him in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
February 29, 2008
I laughed from start to finish at its relentlessly, energetically profane absurdity and a cast crammed with funny actors in even the smallest roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
February 29, 2008
Like many of Will Ferrell's recent films, "Semi-Pro" finds the sweet spot between sports melodrama and parody, and hammers it for 90 diverting minutes.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 29, 2008
Ferrell is pretty much the whole show.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 29, 2008
It does get the funk out ya face for 86 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
February 29, 2008
Semi-Pro is short and sweet. In his own way, Ferrell is doing today what Martin did 30 years ago: creating a kind of put-on comedy that invites everybody in.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
February 29, 2008
The movie's absurdist humour and muted ambitions have paved a path for slipshod anarchy, and hinted at greater things to come from future Ferrell movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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