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The Bad News Bears Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 5, 2004
I've never understood what people thought was so great about this middling sports comedy.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jason Caro
Radio Times
May 6, 2014
A small winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 7, 1976
Bad News Bears is one of those rare films that I loved as a child and I still love just as much as an adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
October 25, 2002
Nice until they came up with a franchise!
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 81/100
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 3, 2005
Remains the best film ever made about kids and sports.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Matthau's perfectly restrained, brilliantly comic performance holds it together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
August 3, 2008
Surprisingly, improbably, The Bad News Bears is the year's funniest movie.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 14, 2007
An extremely funny adult-child comedy film.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 14, 2002
Presents the anxiety, vulnerability, and spunk of a delightful menagerie of misfits who like to play ball but lack the talent.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
rude and very funny
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 3, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
The chemistry between Matthau and O'Neal makes it work.
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 4, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
October 24, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Richard Luck
Film4
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
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