• R, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Michael Ritchie
    In Theaters:
    Nov 18, 1977 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 8, 2001
  • MGM

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Semi-Tough Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
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Semi-Tough begins as a bawdy and lively romantic comedy about slap happy pro football players, then slows down to a too-inside putdown of contemporary self-help programs.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 25, 2008
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Semi-Tough pokes fun in rambling fashion, but it is vulgar in intelligent ways and almost always amusing in its perceptions of befuddled people who are perfectly healthy but often convinced they're not.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A delightful, gentle satire on the American ideal of winning, which also takes broad but often hilarious swipes at fashionable health fads.

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January 25, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Set against the backdrop of professional football, Semi-Tough is both a three-cornered romantic comedy and a scathing satire of self-help movements.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2008

Film4

Burt Reynolds does what he's best at in a lightweight rom-com with some good one-liners, but it's the parodies of the self-improvement culture that really make the film watchable.

Full Review Source: Film4

January 25, 2008
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