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The Bad News Bears Reviews

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August 24, 2017
The emotional complexity of this subtext gives the film a gravity and resonance that belies the simplicity of the story
May 6, 2014
A small winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 8, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Rife with every non-politically-correct social tic that '70s America had to offer, "The Bad News Bears" (1976) is a sports comedy that serves as a cultural benchmark.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
August 3, 2008
Surprisingly, improbably, The Bad News Bears is the year's funniest movie.
August 3, 2008
If all kids' movies were like this, you wouldn't need to drag parents to the multiplexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 14, 2007
Michael Ritchie keeps his dead-end cynicism in check and produces a genuinely funny comedy about a Little League team managed by a lovably drunken Walter Matthau.
March 14, 2007
This charming, funny film takes a gentle poke at Little League baseball and the American obsession with winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 14, 2007
An extremely funny adult-child comedy film.
May 26, 2006
Matthau's perfectly restrained, brilliantly comic performance holds it together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Amiably engrossing satire on the 'win ethic' that offers a take-it-or-leave-it approach to its serious points about enforcing precociousness on kids, but consistently delights with its panoramic comic invention.
June 3, 2005
Remains the best film ever made about kids and sports.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 9, 2005
[Ritchie] keeps the sentimentality in check most of the time and obtains first-rate performers from his miniature cast all of the time.
November 8, 2004
rude and very funny
| Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2004
[Ritchie] directs scenes for comedy even in the face of his disturbing material and that makes the movie all the more effective; sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we can't, and the movie's working best when we're silent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2004
The chemistry between Matthau and O'Neal makes it work.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2004
I've never understood what people thought was so great about this middling sports comedy.
| Original Score: 2/5
December 8, 2002
Isn't it great when a piece of classical music gets forever redefined by a movie about a bunch of foul mouthed brats? What could be a better way to spend 102 minutes of the truth?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2002
Nice until they came up with a franchise!
| Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2002
While lesser sports comedies have tried to mimic the humour and sloppy charm of The Bad News Bears, none have even come close.
Read More | Original Score: 81/100
February 14, 2002
Presents the anxiety, vulnerability, and spunk of a delightful menagerie of misfits who like to play ball but lack the talent.
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