The Waterboy Reviews

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Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
A witless and utterly predictable comic fantasy about a misfit turned hero.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Really dumb, but many teens love it anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 10, 2010
An agreeable yet forgettable comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 12, 2009
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 24, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
Though unabashedly goofy, this comedy also boasts some subtly ingenious moments of mirth.
Top Critic
Glenn Lovell
Variety
June 2, 2008
The formulaic mix of mirth and mayhem is aimed way down the MTV food chain...

Empire Magazine
June 2, 2008
Perfectly watchable, undemanding fun, but you can't help thinking that a slightly darker tone would have gone a very long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film4
June 2, 2008
Hands up anyone who shelled-out cash at the cinema to see this pathetic sporting comedy...What were you thinking of?
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic

Time Out
January 26, 2006
The direction is as blunt and vacant as the plotting, the jokes are obvious and the performances (with a couple of exceptions) charmless.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
No stretching involved, but he delivers. It's a safe date film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
The film is amiably goofy.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
It's a piece of comic fluff that has lots of laughs and appeals to the kid in us all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
February 28, 2005
The Waterboy is a disappointment, even by standards associated with Adam Sandler's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
Adam Sandler movies are like kumquats -- you either like them or you don't.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
God knows, it tries, but most of the jokes fall flat, and the movie never gets off the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kate Manning
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
The Waterboy should have been sacked long before it reached the theater.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Not only can one see the film's "twists" coming a mile away, the jokes along the way are extraordinarily flat as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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