• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Kent Alterman
    In Theaters:
    Feb 19, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 3, 2008
  • New Line Cinema


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Semi-Pro Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

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 Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

March 30, 2011
Brent Simon
Screen International

No amount or combination of shame, absurdity and unflattering outfits seem to dint Ferrell's fierce commitment to character.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B-

October 18, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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

July 22, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Qualifies as a sort of cinematic comfort food: it's the mac and cheese of the cineplex.

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 1, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Semi-Pro stays true to the formula, and it's a pretty funny, good-looking comedy.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

June 6, 2008
Prairie Miller

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

June 2, 2008
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

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 Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 15, 2008
Kam Williams

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 Source: EURWeb | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2008
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

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

March 1, 2008
Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects

Will Ferrell in short shorts. Isn't that enough to inspire you to see the movie Semi-Pro?

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B+

February 29, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 29, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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You can't help but marvel, and laugh at, Ferrell's indefatigable enthusiasm and willingness to make a complete ass of himself.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 29, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

If you're a Ferrell fan, this is probably the kind of movie you want to see him in.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 29, 2008
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 29, 2008
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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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

February 29, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Ferrell is pretty much the whole show.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

February 29, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It does get the funk out ya face for 86 minutes.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 29, 2008
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

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 Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: B

February 29, 2008
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 29, 2008
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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October 18, 2008
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
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