• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Kent Alterman
    In Theaters:
    Feb 19, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 3, 2008
  • New Line Cinema
  • Semi-pro
    2 minutes 22 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Semi-Pro Reviews

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Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 5/10

February 19, 2008
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

At best Semi-Pro only manages to be semi-funny.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 28, 2008
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

A lot of it is funny, but the problem is that it doesn't amount to much.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Semi-Pro tries for semi-sweet when bittersweet would have been better, semi-silly when full-bore absurd was called for. And the final score? Semi-funny.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

February 27, 2008
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Will Ferrell fans probably couldn't care less that Semi-Pro fails to take full advantage of an extraordinarily rich premise.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 79/100

February 29, 2008
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

Semi-Pro will likely leave its star with a sore throat and bruised pride but a bulging wallet nonetheless: it's possibly the first movie ever to be less funny than the products it advertises.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 2/5

October 14, 2012
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

Jackie Moon is every other Will Ferrell character in John Stockton shorts.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 4/10

April 16, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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If you're on the prowl for a Ferrell yuk-fest, you'd do better renting one of his more successful comedies than spending money on this faux sports dud. Only die-hard fans of the SNL alumn will find anything worthwhile here.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

February 28, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Technically, it's not a foul to shoot a stupid sports comedy. In fact, it's becoming something of a routine maneuver for Will Ferrell.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 29, 2008
Nell Minow
Beliefnet

"Semi-Pro" is not even semi-funny.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: C-

February 28, 2008

No more can filmmakers get instant laughs with Pong, ascots, eight-tracks and lava lamps. It's just no longer funny. And for 95 percent of its running time, neither is Semi-Pro.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Like so much in this life, Will Ferrell's comedies tread the razor-thin line separating smart/stupid from stupid/stupid.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 28, 2008
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

It isn't a good enough sports movie to please sports fans and it's not an outright funny enough movie to please Ferrell's fans.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

When a screenwriter and cast, to the extent they ad-libbed, resort to so much gratuitous profanity, it's a sure sign of desperation.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

March 14, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

You know when a basketball team that's trailing at the end of the game obnoxiously extends the pain by calling a billion timeouts? That's exactly how Semi-Pro goes out.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 28, 2008
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Root-canal territory all the way

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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It's long on shorts but short on punchlines.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 29, 2008
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro is a dreadful comedy. It's lazy and slipshod.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 2.0/5

February 2, 2009
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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You take the Will Ferrell formula and you plug it in, but somehow it just feels kind of uninspired and flat.

March 3, 2008
Christian Toto
Washington Times

Ferrell can't jump in the tepid Semi-Pro

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 29, 2008
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 2008
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