The Bad News Bears Reviews

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May 30, 2018
A film was released that got everything beautifully, hilariously and even painfully right.
May 30, 2018
At a time when sports movies can't be just sports movies anymore, it's both startling and soothing to take a second look at Michael Ritchie's Little League comedy The Bad News Bears.
August 3, 2008
Surprisingly, improbably, The Bad News Bears is the year's funniest movie.
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
An extremely funny adult-child comedy film.
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.
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.
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.
August 3, 2008
If all kids' movies were like this, you wouldn't need to drag parents to the multiplexes.
March 14, 2007
This charming, funny film takes a gentle poke at Little League baseball and the American obsession with winning.
May 26, 2006
Matthau's perfectly restrained, brilliantly comic performance holds it together.
November 4, 2005
June 11, 2005
June 3, 2005
Remains the best film ever made about kids and sports.
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
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.
October 15, 2004
The chemistry between Matthau and O'Neal makes it work.
April 3, 2004
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