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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 182
Fresh: 131 | Rotten: 51

Though it occasionally stalls, Talladega Nights' mix of satire, clever gags, and excellent ensemble performances put it squarely in the winner's circle.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 12

Though it occasionally stalls, Talladega Nights' mix of satire, clever gags, and excellent ensemble performances put it squarely in the winner's circle.



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When America's number one NASCAR speed-demon is issued a direct challenge from a gay, French Formula One racer with a hunger for the top spot and a mean talent for tight-cornering, the race is on to become the number one man in all of NASCAR in a full throttle comedy starring Will Ferrell and directed by Anchorman cohort Adam McKay. Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a national hero with a "smokin' hot" trophy wife, pair of borderline-abusively precocious sons, and an endless line of endorsement deals

Dec 12, 2006


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All Critics (185) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (131) | Rotten (51) | DVD (20)

A comedy with horsepower to spare.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Broad but not crude, dumb but not witless, clever but still snot-spittingly funny. Stupidly brilliant, in other words.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One of the stupidest and one of the funniest movies in Will Ferrell's career.

August 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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When the crazy comes, it's pretty good crazy.

August 5, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Essentially a string of gags loosely looped together, a set of absurd situations for the actors to clown their way through, Talladega Nights is an affable entertainment, both a celebration and a satire of lowbrow pleasures.

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source:
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Talladega Nights may be brash, unbridled, even unhinged, but its cornpone humor is rich in parody, and its craftsmanship is superb.

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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You pretty much have to like Will Ferrell to like Talladega Nights, it's his film through and through. But if you do, you're in for a ride.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source:

Often a one-note joke that goes on way too long...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

Talladega starts out slow, picks up speed in the middle, and nearly crashes and burns in the end.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The movie takes a piecemeal approach that allows for several guffaw-inducing comic bits, but doesn't hold together enough for a sustained comic experience.

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The script by Ferrell and director Adam McKay, a parody of sports biopics, takes the same freewheeling approach that served them well on Anchorman, but with a more mean-spirited edge.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Showcases Will Ferrell's comedy genius to perfection.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Playing to his strengths, star and co-writer Will Ferrell reaps many good comic moments early on in Adam Mckay's feature to compensate for a sluggish second half.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily

i concur with everything bobby has to say about highlander

April 9, 2008

Will Ferrell and director/writing collaborator Adam McKay have carved out a comfortable comic niche in taking confidently clueless oafs and pulling the rug out from under the core of resolutely prototypical alpha male existence.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source:

Check your brain at the box-office to enjoy this brand of politically-incorrect hilarity poking fun mostly at gays, women and the French, all aimed at a redneck crowd with an average I.Q. of about 75.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

In Talladega, Mr. Ferrell finds his best role to date.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Riddled with blatant product placement. Blades of Glory is better. Ferrell can't save this one. Sacha adds little.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Comments (4)
Hollywood Report Card

The disappointment of this movie is not that we don't see enough of Will Ferrell. It's disappointing because what we do see, we've seen before, and better.

March 3, 2007 | Comment (1)
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It's not that ethnic and cultural stereotyping can't be funny -- Lord knows the laugh industry would be nothing without them -- it's just that movies like this one keep punching the same buttons over and over again.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The white-trash, child-neglect, feel-good NASCAR comedy of the year (the one without the talking cars).

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source:

Ferrell e seus parceiros se mostram sempre dispostos a estender uma cena até que ela eventualmente se torne engraçada %u2013 e, por incrível que pareça, esta tática funciona com freqüência.

December 22, 2006
Cinema em Cena

A film that will keep you laughing from beginning to end (including the credits), "Talladega Nights" is the most fun you can have this summer at 200 miles per hour!

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Silly, but entertaining comedy about a dim-witted race car driver and his dysfunctional family and friends.

October 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

...It's hard not to be amused by the scene-stealing supporting cast.

October 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

A film with just as much obnoxious hysteria than the main character. Will Ferrell provides a flavorful laughter that sticks to you no matter the amount of random-pun it may present. The enticing blend of comedy and racing is an excellent motion picture that reaches the finish line in grand fashion. 5/5
July 28, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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Ferrell films can vary from one end of the scale to the other, he can be funny and ingenious or a complete annoying twat, unfortunately many of his films do come under the 'annoying twat' label for me.

This is not funny, Ferrell's worst by far, it may be because car racing just isn't a great source material for a comedy, I dunno. Cohen is very good as the French racer, he comes across quite well, almost like a kind of dastardly Disney baddie in the realms of 'Thorndyke' in 'The Love Bug' but the rest is just silly and simply unfunny.

The characters are all rather un-likeable too, it just seems Ferrell is trying to make a comedy out of every 'sport', and this isn't even an interesting 'sport', NASCAR is dull dull dull if you ask me, but I am British, if you like this type of racing you may like it.
April 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

Just saw this for the second time the other day. Liked it a lot more then the first time.

Best Scene:
When Ricky's finds that his groupie wife had left him for his best friend.

Memorable Quote:
"Shake and bake!"

Dumb humor at its peak, if a mere gathering of every redneck joke in the book.
February 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

Terrible funny!
January 28, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

    1. Ricky Bobby: Are you serious? I was gone for three hours!
    – Submitted by Connor N (6 months ago)
    1. Ricky Bobby: Save me Tom Cruise!
    – Submitted by Carlos Manuel R (7 months ago)
    1. Reese Bobby: You've gotta learn to drive with the fear. There ain't nothin' more frightenin' than drivin' with a live cougar in the car. If you're calm, that wonderous big cat will be calm too. But if you're scared, that beautiful death machine will do what God made it to do, namely, eat you with a smile on its face.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (12 months ago)
    1. Chip: Ricky, remember: The fieldmouse is fast, but the owl sees at night.
    – Submitted by Mathieu G (23 months ago)
    1. Reese Bobby: You've got to learn to drive with the fear. There ain't nothing more frightening than driving with a live cougar in the car. [...] If you're calm, that wonderous big cat will be calm too. But if you're scared, that beautiful death machine will do what God made it to do, namely, eat you with a smile on its face.
    – Submitted by Mathieu G (23 months ago)
    1. Ricky Bobby: I'm Ricky Bobby. If you don't chew Big Red then f**k you.
    – Submitted by Eugene B (2 years ago)
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