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Slap Shot Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its moral pretenses left me cold.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

January 2, 2014
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 2, 2013
Cole Smithey

"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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

April 22, 2013
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 1, 2008


An unsually abrasive sporting drama from director Hill.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 1, 2008
Scott Weinberg

Raw, raunchy, and absolutely hilarious.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

March 26, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

March 14, 2007
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 14, 2007
Patrick Byrne
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 90/100

March 14, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

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

March 14, 2007

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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 14, 2007
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

The quintessential hockey flick

| Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Pushed the puck for nudity and language of its time.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 25, 2004
Sarah Chauncey

Best sports movie ever. Period.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 4, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

| Original Score: 2/5

February 9, 2004
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers

One of the funniest sports movies ever.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 28, 2003
Brian Mckay

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

| Original Score: 4/5

March 21, 2003
Clint Morris

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
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 4/5

January 6, 2008
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun

| Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2004
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