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The Longest Yard Reviews

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Top Critic
Variety Staff
August 4, 2008
An outstanding action drama, combining the brutish excitement of football competition with the brutalities of contemporary prison life.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 4, 2008
What saves it, aside from good performances by Burt Reynolds and a thundering herd of supporting grotesques, is, of all things, a tough, tiny nut of valid social criticism.

July 31, 2008
If it ultimately descends into macho nonsense, then that's all part of the fun.

TV Guide
March 21, 2007
Part prison film, part football film, this violent but outstanding comedy-drama by gifted action director Robert Aldrich explores the brutality inherent in both the American penal system and football.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
February 18, 2006
The original has just the right mix of toughness and humor. Burt Reynolds was born to play incarcerated quarterback Paul Crewe.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Very exciting, very witty, and elevated above its action-movie status by Aldrich's deliberate references to Nixon in Albert's characterisation of the warden.
Emanuel Levy
July 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Gerardo Orlando
July 5, 2005
The football sequences are excellent, which makes sense given that half of the actors were college or pro ballers themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
July 3, 2005
Aldrich...created Paul Crewe just as much as Reynolds did.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 30, 2005
One of Robert Aldrich's biggest hits, The Longest Yard (1974) combines his ferocious worldview with a new kind of rambunctious audience appeal...
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Aldrich's film is most alive during the team recruitment scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 10, 2005
Reynolds brings his "A" game to this semi-tough crowd pleaser.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 18, 2004
Better and rawer than any of the remakes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
November 26, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 8, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 12, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
his movie does for football and good sportsmanship what Paul Newman's Slapshot did for hockey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
November 29, 2002
One of Reynold's best roles and an agreeable comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
November 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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