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Semi-Pro Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
The semifunny Semi-Pro is amiable enough, but you never feel there's much at stake.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 2008
Judging from this low-scoring sports comedy about the mystique of men with balls, Will Ferrell needs to call a time-out from belly baring to refocus his fan-favorite game of playing clueless male doofuses.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 3, 2008
You take the Will Ferrell formula and you plug it in, but somehow it just feels kind of uninspired and flat.
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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
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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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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 29, 2008
Ferrell is capable of a great deal more than he's been delivering. It might surprise him to learn that white men can jump. But first they have to try.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 29, 2008
The real problem lies in the character Ferrell is playing. Aside from the unimportant detail that there really were no former disco stars in 1976, the character is vague -- and specificity of character is what makes Ferrell funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 29, 2008
There isn't enough going on in Semi-Pro, comically or otherwise, to sustain the movie even through its first half-hour. This may be one of the most sluggish sports comedies ever made -- even the supposedly rousing final sequence feels belabored.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 29, 2008
Semi-Pro goes up for the dunk and misses the hoop, the backboard and the point. Instead, it manages to both strike out and get sacked. Whose idea was it to remake Slap Shot a la Jerry Lewis?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 29, 2008
For die-hard Ferrell fans, this could be the ultimate test. He has been playing variations of Elf for five years, and his antics have grown as stale as Jackie's socks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
February 29, 2008
An orgy of disco-era excess, it's also an interminable exercise in beating a dead horse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 29, 2008
It's long on shorts but short on punchlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 29, 2008
Ferrell is to the sports comedy what the Toronto Maple Leafs are to the hockey biz: Hard-core fans are sure to show up and find reasons to be amused. The rest of us can only hope for better days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 29, 2008
Semi-Pro is precisely that: a movie that is sort of professionally made and sort of professionally acted with no serious expectations beyond earning money and offering audience members some passing entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Mehle
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 29, 2008
A film with funny moments but just as many wasted opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 29, 2008
Aside from Kicking & Screaming, this is probably Ferrell's weakest comedy to date.
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 28, 2008
Even when the script, by Scot Armstrong, shoots airballs, Ferrell is a slam-dunk.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 28, 2008
Ferrell still brings the funny like few superstars in his salary range, but there's a distinct decline in quality between the hilarious Anchorman, the sloppy but funny Blades Of Glory, and this affable, moderately amusing trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 28, 2008
Erratic, overlong and repetitive, Semi-Pro seems not to have been written but sketched out in chalkboard diagrams before the actors took their marks in front of the cameras.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 28, 2008
Semi-Pro is a mess, but it's a likable one.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 28, 2008
I loved Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction; liked him in Old School and Talladega Nights. Yet, except for a skyhook or two, his work in Semi-Pro is strictly amateur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 28, 2008
Like so much in this life, Will Ferrell's comedies tread the razor-thin line separating smart/stupid from stupid/stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 28, 2008
Very much in the tradition of Slap Shot, Semi-Pro scores big laughs with the rowdy play-by-play of hard-luck hoopsters struggling for professional survival.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 28, 2008
Our hesitation to identify [Ferrell] as the genuinely funny star of comedies such as Old School and Anchorman comes after seeing this actor's halfhearted, disconcertingly crude and only occasionally amusing performance.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 28, 2008
You keep watching Semi-Pro and waiting for its potentially hilarious setup to deliver the goods. And after a while, you realize that the laughter comes only in anticipation of a payoff that never quite arrives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 28, 2008
Will Ferrell's latest comedy splits time between being a goofy basketball movie and . . . a whole bunch of other stuff, none of it particularly interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
February 28, 2008
'Semi-Pro' resorts to the bombast of brash 'infotainment' news and sports programming to mine its humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 27, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
February 27, 2008
In the end, it's comedy comfort food, something powdered poured from a box.