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The Hammer Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 20, 2008
Plays mostly like wish-fulfillment for its star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
March 18, 2008
It's surprising the film doesn't feature lesbians jumping on trampolines.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 20, 2008
Remaking Rocky Balboa as a comedy isn't a half-bad idea; remaking it as a comedy starring Adam Carolla, the dreadfully unfunny former host of Loveline and The Man Show, most certainly is a terrible one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Pais
March 20, 2008
The movie's reliance on crass humor and long-shot solutions gradually take the charm off this underdog's blue collar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 21, 2008
A nearly comatose comedy that spends its time just bum-stumbling along, never putting in the work necessary to land a solid joke or develop a winning character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 21, 2008
Adam Carolla fans will feel they've died and gone to heaven...Unfortunately it all adds up to something more like a viral video than a full-fledged film.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 21, 2008
Like a television show, The Hammer wields that mysterious power to keep you watching even though you know it isn't any good.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Andrew O'Hehir
March 19, 2008
If you liked Rocky Balboa you should be in good shape, since it's exactly the same movie, just aimed at a teeny-tiny-bit younger demographic and with an affectless leading man who avoids hambone acting by not acting at all.
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
January 2, 2013
It's not "Rocky" and it's not "Caddyshack", but "The Hammer" was a pleasant surprise and is a welcome addition to the all-too-small list of reliable sports comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.3/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
January 2, 2013
One of the films that should not fly under the radar of sports comedy fans, "The Hammer" is a surprising good time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 21, 2008
So many movies these days are overworked or overblown: The Hammer feels genuinely tossed-off. It isn't a great movie, or even a consistently good one. Yet it gets to elusive feelings about failure and success, hope and mortality.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Forget the 40 Year Old Virgin. How about the 40 Year Old Boxer with Self-Esteem Issues?
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 9, 2008
To his credit, Carolla carries 'The Hammer' with self-assured ease, hoisting the film on his broad shoulders while making sure, as screenwriter, to leave some of its sharpest one-liners to his supporting cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
April 16, 2008
A boxing comedy with a potty mouth and warm heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 24, 2008
I think it's a terrific little film.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 21, 2008
[Adam] Carolla's grumbly, monotoned, stoop-shouldered pessimism in The Hammer, the first feature he has penned, is actually funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
March 23, 2008
Adam Carolla isn't everyone's cup of tea, but the man can sling around an acidic one-liner with the best of them, and his starring debut is a familiar, but persuasively funny brew of clichés and belly laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 21, 2008
The script depends heavily on familiar stand-up comedy bits, but it's full of sharp wisecracks and slacker charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 5, 2011
Yes, this comedy about a sad-sack, has-been boxer is painfully predictable and manages to include every cliche of the genre, but executive producer and star Adam Carolla keeps it rolling along with his trademark, deadpan rants.
Christopher Null
July 5, 2008
watchable, if not unique.. all in good fun
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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