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Slap Shot (1980)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 4

Raunchy, violent, and very funny, Slap Shot is ultimately set apart by a wonderful comic performance by Paul Newman.

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 2

Raunchy, violent, and very funny, Slap Shot is ultimately set apart by a wonderful comic performance by Paul Newman.



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Paul Newman plays Reggie Dunlop, the coach of a pathetic minor-league American hockey team. His career at a standstill and his marriage in tatters, Dunlop has nothing to lose by taking on a new group of players who are one evolutionary step above Neanderthals. Only when the team begins winning does he decide to get behind these players, and to encourage the rest of the team to play as down-and-dirty as the newcomers. Straight-arrow team member Ned Braden (Michael Ontkean) resents this influx of


Drama, Comedy

Jan 5, 1999

MCA Universal Home Video

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Slap Shot may have done a lot of fast skating and some solid body checking, but in the last period it makes a final costly slip -- and misses its goal.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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There are still some nice touches of absurdist satirical wit hanging out along the sidelines, given extra bite by Dede Allen's superbly pacy editing.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Slap Shot has a kind of vitality to it that overwhelms most of the questions relating to consistency of character and point of view.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Half the time Hill invites the audience to get off on the mayhem, the other half of the time he decries it.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Its moral pretenses left me cold.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Often raucously funny and subversive, Slap Shot is one of the few sports movies that is openly contemptuous of its sport, or at least the modern state of it.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Slap Shot" is a sports movie that revels in details of milieu, plot and character. Smokestacks billow white plumes from a perpetually overcast industrial skyline. Everything is old and weather beaten. Every victory is tainted.

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source:

An unsually abrasive sporting drama from director Hill.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Raw, raunchy, and absolutely hilarious.

March 26, 2007

This film is full of friendly slap shots, romantic icing, and passionate goals. It's well worth checking out.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Funny, frank, and violent, George Roy Hill's absorbing film about minor league hockey offers a wonderful comic performance from Newman.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The quintessential hockey flick

April 29, 2005
Lawrence Journal-World

Pushed the puck for nudity and language of its time.

October 25, 2004

Best sports movie ever. Period.

June 4, 2004

Fingindo criticar a glorificação da violência e sua utilização como espetáculo, o filme comete os mesmos erros que supostamente condena.

February 9, 2004
Cinema em Cena

One of the funniest sports movies ever.

June 28, 2003
Houston Community Newspapers

Outrageously fun hockey comedy. I wish the Hanson brothers from this film would come around to body check those other Hanson brothers and their MMM-BOP crapola

March 21, 2003

It's amazing how great Paul Newman is. Let's admit it : the script for "Slapshot" wouldn't have read any better than your by-the-numbers sports underdog movie. guts and glory farce "Slapshot" plays like a true classic.

September 20, 2002

Audience Reviews for Slap Shot

A sports movie? Well partially so, but besides being a fun- loving cultural memento of its time Hill's film is a pointed social commentary on the huge insatiable public demand for extravagant sensationalism. The sports part of it hardly registers at all. Newman anchors the proceedings quite nicely and, of course, the dreadnought Hanson Brothers.
November 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

Easily as fun as a barrel full of monkeys.
February 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

For me, sports movies are okay. Like all genres, they have their good ones, and their bad ones. Who would have thought that one of the best sports movies is actually an anti-sports movie? This film is this one- a nice little gem from the 70s that really exemplifies the zeitgeist of the era with it's crude language, bloody fighting, and general boorish nasty edge and nature.

The plot concerns a washed up veteran hockey and coach (who's not really good at either) who tries to take his awful, struggling minor league team and turn them around into popular winners, which he starts to do once he discovers that the audience reacts positively to goonish behavior. He's a fascinating guy to watch because the skills he lacks as a player and coach are made up for by the fact that he's a skilled con man who is good at manipulating people, especially other players.

Their team, the Charlestown Chiefs, is not the only one struggling. Besides looking at sports, the film also touches upon the current events of the time by addressing the dire situation of late 1970s industrial towns in the Northeast. The local mill is on the verge of closing, and, should that happen, the hockey team is likely to go too. This little detail is something I appreciated because it adds more to the film, but also helps cement it as a cultural timepiece, giving insight into what the world was like at that time.

So yeah, the film is dated to an extent, and the vulgarity and rawness of things aren't quite as shocking, but I still found the film fresh and eye opening because of the content. This film is undeniably a product of the 70s, and I think it's all the better as a result.

The cast are great. Paul Newman reunites with George Roy Hill (this time without Redford) and he is awesome as coach/player Reggie Dunlop. The guy is a mess, but yet, despite his attitude and actions (and the attitudes and actions of his team), you can't help but like these guys and root for them, even though you should feel otherwise. Supporting him are Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, and tons of actual pro and minor leaguers.

Give this one a shot. It's entertaining, funny (though I don't think it was supposed to be a comedy), has wonderful music, and is a great look at the wild side of sports.
September 18, 2011
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Slap Shot is one of the greatest sports comedies ever made. Starring Paul Newman in the role of Reggie Dunlop, Captain of the Charlestown Chiefs, this film set the standard for every other sports comedy that came after it. The film is full of memorable, hilarious scenes. After dwindling ticket sales, the Chiefs take on three goons by the names of the Hansons. After a while they start wining and become a household name. Slap Shot is a very memorable film because of the Hansons and all the other assorted crazy characters on the team. Slap Shot is definitely one of the genres great classics. The reason that Slap Shot has struck such a cord with fans of hockey and other audiences is because of the Hanson Brothers, I mean with every scene there in they deliver the laughs and a great time. The characters are all terrific. Aside from the Hansons a character I really like is "Killer" Carson. One scene that stands out for me is when Reggie tries to settle down for a nap and Killer calls Reggie up and says he wants the 100$ bounty that Reggie placed on an opposing players head. I personally thought it was a funny scene and one of the best of the film. Slap Shot is one of the best comedies that you can watch with friends, this film did for hockey fans what Animal House did for college students. One of the best in sports comedies, this is in a league of it's own. A well acted, hilarious ride with Reggie Dunlop, "Killer" Carson and The Hanson Brothers, Slap Shot will bring on the laughs.
May 29, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

    1. Reggie Dunlop: They brought their fuckin' toys with 'em.
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    1. Denis Le Mieux: Joe, who own the Chiefs?
    2. Joe McGrath: Owns! Owns!
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    1. Denis Le Mieux: My h'allergies you know to these fucking fans has returned.
    – Submitted by Pete H (23 months ago)
    1. Johnny Upton: These guys are a fucking disgrace.
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