The Longest Yard Reviews
December 11, 2019
Part burlesque, part social commentary, it's a full out entertainment movie, saved from quick money facileness by the extraordinary "bad boy" comedy performance by Burt Reynolds and the quirky, offbeat direction of Robert Aldrich.
August 4, 2008
An outstanding action drama, combining the brutish excitement of football competition with the brutalities of contemporary prison life.
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.
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.
February 18, 2006
The original has just the right mix of toughness and humor. Burt Reynolds was born to play incarcerated quarterback Paul Crewe.
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.
July 5, 2005
The football sequences are excellent, which makes sense given that half of the actors were college or pro ballers themselves.
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...
May 4, 2005
Aldrich's film is most alive during the team recruitment scenes.
March 10, 2005
Reynolds brings his "A" game to this semi-tough crowd pleaser.
December 8, 2002
his movie does for football and good sportsmanship what Paul Newman's Slapshot did for hockey.