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The Waterboy

The Waterboy (1998)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 49

This is an insult to its genre with low humor and cheap gags.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 14

This is an insult to its genre with low humor and cheap gags.



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Despite being the constant target of gross jokes and public humiliation from the university football team players he serves, lowly water boy Bobby Boucher loves his job and thinks dispensing water to dehydrated athletes is life's greatest calling. However, when he is unceremoniously fired, for no reason other than pure ineptitude, Bobby gets a chance with a team that's clumsy with a football on the field as he is with a water jug on the side lines.



Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler

Mar 16, 1999

Touchstone Pictures

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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (49) | DVD (15)

The formulaic mix of mirth and mayhem is aimed way down the MTV food chain...

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The direction is as blunt and vacant as the plotting, the jokes are obvious and the performances (with a couple of exceptions) charmless.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The film is amiably goofy.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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As a satire on the only true religion of the American South -- football -- The Waterboy is delightful.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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We've got somewhat entertaining trash here.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Sandler makes the laughs go down easy, even if The Waterboy isn't exactly quality H2O.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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A witless and utterly predictable comic fantasy about a misfit turned hero.

June 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Really dumb, but many teens love it anyway.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

An agreeable yet forgettable comedy...

July 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

There's an innocence to The Waterboy that makes the picture part slapstick and part fairy tale...The only problem with letting kids see this Adam Sandler movie? They might want to see another one. [Blu-ray]

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A predictable, formulaic, dumb comedy that has about as much depth as Bobby . . . unless you think of it in Forrest Gump terms, and then it begins to get a little less offensive and a little funnier.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Though unabashedly goofy, this comedy also boasts some subtly ingenious moments of mirth.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Perfectly watchable, undemanding fun, but you can't help thinking that a slightly darker tone would have gone a very long way.

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

Hands up anyone who shelled-out cash at the cinema to see this pathetic sporting comedy...What were you thinking of?

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (4)

The Waterboy is scrappy and funny and achieves its modest aim, which is to make us laugh like grade-schoolers. The doofus boy triumphs again.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

No stretching involved, but he delivers. It's a safe date film.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's a piece of comic fluff that has lots of laughs and appeals to the kid in us all.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The Waterboy is a disappointment, even by standards associated with Adam Sandler's work.

February 28, 2005 Full Review

Adam Sandler movies are like kumquats -- you either like them or you don't.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

God knows, it tries, but most of the jokes fall flat, and the movie never gets off the ground.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

The Waterboy should have been sacked long before it reached the theater.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Sandler proved last year that he can be believable as a real person, but if he insists on playing overblown caricatures, he may not get many more chances.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Not only can one see the film's "twists" coming a mile away, the jokes along the way are extraordinarily flat as well.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Audience Reviews for The Waterboy

October 7, 2013
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Super Reviewer

Often the funniest aspect of Adam Sandler movies, the biggest joke, is the most irritating as well: that he and his crew are laughing at the audience and the film industry simultaneously. Waterboy is one example of this conceit in spades, and like many of his efforts in this vein is notable for just how not funny it achieves.
April 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

One of Sandler's best loved movies of the 90s, this comedy is fun, humourous, and full of life. Of course there are a good number of stupid jokes in it too, but overall it's very funny.
November 21, 2011

Super Reviewer

THE WATERBOY is a dumb football farce and just another predictable Adam Sandler comedy. It was possible to laugh in some scenes, but this, overall, was not very funny. It stars Adam Sandler as the title role, a 31-year-old named Bobby Boucher with the obnoxious voice of a 10-year-old, who has been bringing water to football teams for a lot of his life. He becomes angry when he is insulted early on, and he tackles the man who insulted him quite hard, leading the football team's coach to believe he is fit for the team. The problem is he is true to his "mama", who says he cannot play football and that it is "the devil" (like almost everything else, in her opinion). I would not recommend this is you can stand 90 minutes of asinine, juvenile humor. Otherwise, go ahead--you'll laugh a lot.
September 23, 2011

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    1. Professor: Well! Mama's wrong again!
    2. Bobby Boucher: No, You're wrong Colonel Sanders.
    – Submitted by Timothy J (6 months ago)
    1. Professor: There is something wrong with YOUR medulla oblongata.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (15 months ago)
    1. Paco: Hey Walter! I bet you fifty bucks Guy Grenouille throws a touchdown pass on the first play. Check it out!
    2. Paco: [Guy Grenouille throws an interception] Woo hoo hoo hoo! You owe me fifty bucks!
    3. Walter: You said it was gonna be a touchdown pass, you crazy asshole!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Bobby Boucher: Mama, when did Ben Franklin invent electricity?
    2. Mama Boucher: That's nonsense, I invented electricity. Ben Franklin is the Devil!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Lyle Robideaux: Everybody already 'is' laughing at us. We haven't won a game since nineteen-ninety-FOUR.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Coach Klein: I am not telling you to go on a shooting rampage!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
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