• PG-13, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Penelope Spheeris
    In Theaters:
    Feb 2, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 16, 2002
  • Paramount Home Video


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Black Sheep Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

may not be remembered as a masterful comedy classic, but for the college humor crowd with a relatively safe PG-13 rating, it's a fun diversion

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

November 23, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

It's nice to see the two together, practicing their easy screen rapport--and no doubt more so given Farley's untimely passing--but Black Sheep is still a clunker. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

June 19, 2009
Pete Croatto

painfully unfunny

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

May 3, 2009
Kam Williams

Though not always in good taste, this tongue-in-cheek parody of the horror genre is sophisticated and clever enough to earn the appreciation of the egghead cult crowd.

Full Review Source: DallasBlack.com | Original Score: 2/4

June 22, 2007
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The goofy "Tommy Boy" chemistry seems forced a second time around.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 12, 2006
Eric Melin

the most charming of Farley's screen efforts, but it's too bad he wasn't around long enough to make anyting better

| Original Score: 2/5

October 1, 2005
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Exactly what you expect

| Original Score: 1/5

February 2, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A transcendent comedy starring one of the top - but most tragically fated - comedy teams of all time.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 24, 2002
Clint Morris

Makes "Tommy Boy" look like A-grade material

| Original Score: 2/5

September 18, 2002
Scott Weinberg

Imagine "Tommy Boy" without all the rapier wit and genius filmmaking technique. I counted one sincere laugh in the full 90 minutes.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

August 8, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A little comedy that succeeds in its modest aim to provide 87 minutes of harmless diversion.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

The movie itself succeeds in setting up situations ready for yucks; the movie's key problem is its intended humor fails to register on the audience's yucks ballot.

| Original Score: 2/5

June 5, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Works as well as it does because the anarchic, high-energy spirits of Farley and Spheeris lock into each other perfectly.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2001
Rob Blackwelder

I've never wanted to run from a theater so much in my life.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 0/4

January 1, 2000
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner

Spade plays the straight man, Farley plays the dufus, physical stunts abound and there isn't one shred of slightly intellectual wit.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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Yeah, I giggled a couple of times. But I suspect you will giggle more if you are male, age 15-27ish.

January 1, 2000
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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Black Sheep is bleatingly awful as it reteams Chris Farley and David Spade, the poor idiot's Abbott and Costello, in a comedy so desperately inept it makes their previous effort, Tommy Boy, look like a minefield of high wit.

| Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Black Sheep is an appropriately titled misfire, a des-perate slapstick comedy that falls flat at nearly every turn.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams

It is one long, drawn out exercise in pain.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine

Utter, unforgivable bilge.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

January 1, 2000
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