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The Longest Yard Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...gives us a glance of Reynolds when he still had potential, before he totally gave himself over to grin and giggle junk.
Full Review| Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 11, 2007
Pardon me if I wasn't blown away by all its simplistic machinations and lighthearted appeal to one's baser instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 28, 2005
That The Longest Yard is considered something of a classic is baffling...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nora Sayre
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Though The Yard is a terrible picture, I'll admit to having unwillingly enjoyed some of the football practice and parts of the final game -- even though it's much too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
April 11, 2001
It captures a genuine feeling of competition, even if the premise is more than a little preposterous.
| Original Score: 68/100
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 2, 2005
The film drags until it reaches the climactic football game, and the contest itself doesn't justify the two-hour run.
| Original Score: C+
Gerardo Orlando
Bullz-Eye.com
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 12, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Aldrich's film is most alive during the team recruitment scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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...
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Variety Staff
Variety
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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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.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 15, 2002
A guilty-pleasure excursion with Reynolds in top form. Lots of fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
November 29, 2002
One of Reynold's best roles and an agreeable comedy.
| 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
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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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
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+
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 31, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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