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The Hammer Reviews

October 5, 2011
Much of the film's charm comes from its scruffy, self-effacing modesty; it's a relaxed, affable underdog about a relaxed, affable underdog.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
March 24, 2008
I think it's a terrific little film.
March 21, 2008
Working with utterly predictable material, screenwriter Kevin Hench finds plenty of offbeat humor, and Carolla knows how to make it sing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2008
I never would have guessed that Adam Carolla, the politically incorrect radio and TV personality, could hold his own in a movie, but here's The Hammer to prove me wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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.
March 21, 2008
Carolla has a tendency to riff when he should be acting, and the whole project is rambling and disorganized. At the same time, though, The Hammer also has dry wit and unforced working-class swagger, and hits some surprising emotional notes.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
March 20, 2008
Like the boxer himself, the flick is flabby but light on its feet, ultimately exceeding expectations
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 20, 2008
It's no classic, but, unlike recent attempts at sports comedy (we're looking at you, Semi-Pro), The Hammer comes through by not seeming to try too hard.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2008
The Hammer isn't going to sneak past Raging Bull in the boxing-movie pantheon (or even Rocky, for that matter). But like its star, it is an underdog you can root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
March 19, 2008
[Adam] Carolla's gangling charm and improv rhythms nicely loosen up helmer Charles Herman-Wurmfeld's studied setups without ever deviating from the story's solid underlying structure.
March 18, 2008
It's surprising the film doesn't feature lesbians jumping on trampolines.
March 10, 2008
The movie benefits from unpretentiousness; it never takes itself too seriously.