Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 4, 2006
[Director] McKay has made another wildly uneven, PG-13-that-could-be-R comedy that veers from explosively funny, overlong improvs (a Southern-fried dinner prayer to 'Dear Baby Jesus') to black holes from which no laugh can escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 3, 2006
We're left ho-humming our way through one obligatory scene after another and wincing through a sting of failed gags until the next bit comes along that tickles our funny bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 4, 2006
This mildly crude yet oddly tame tale about a NASCAR hotshot who burns rubber to the top of the pole before having a speedway blowout runs on underinflated tires.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 3, 2007
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.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 3, 2006
Now and then, the movie allows you to relax into its brand of stupid-smart comedy. The rest of the time your shoulders scrunch up and ask the eternal question: Why is this routine not quite working?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 4, 2006
Excuse the viewers if they fall asleep at the wheel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 2, 2006
The movie looks really good, especially the NASCAR racing action, but it never quite fulfills the promise of Anchorman.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
August 9, 2006
Product Prostitution. Disgraceful with an Applebee's commercial smack in the middle. Ferrell has product names written on his forehead. And, it's a bore.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
August 14, 2006
Ferrell turns the sophistication way down to a sub-Adam Sandler level to make a dumb is as dumb does satire of the NASCAR circuit. Well, it's an attempt at satire, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 21, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 4, 2006
Ferrell and his writing partner Adam McKay (who also directs, as he did Anchorman) are utterly without shame in their eagerness to recycle old ideas. This pair could make a blue box jealous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 4, 2006
Like the sport it spoofs, the movie has its thrilling moments but mostly feels repetitive -- it's constantly moving but never really goes anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Often a one-note joke that goes on way too long...
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
September 23, 2006
There are laughs to be had within Talladega Nights but they're certainly not worth the money a trip to the cinema will surely cost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
August 4, 2006
By so often falling back on Ferrell's no-holds-barred foolishness, Talladega Nights seems to be driving in circles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
August 8, 2006
Silly, squealing spoof of dopey daredevils who clearly have a few lug nuts loose.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 4, 2006
The laughs come and go, but Ferrell makes NASCAR his bitch funny. Funnier. And more fun. And then the fun skids to a stop.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
August 31, 2006
The film plays like an episode of Saturday Night Live, with the same character tying together various sketches poking fun at Southerners, psychosomatic diseases, NASCAR fans, people who pray, product placement, the French, and sports movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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August 3, 2006
A whole bunch of great racing footage would've ratcheted up Nights a notch or two -- see Cars for inspiration -- but even the track scenes are ... well, pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
August 2, 2006
There's no difference between the movie and the end-credit outtakes.
Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010

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August 5, 2006

Irish Times
January 5, 2007
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