Anger Management Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
Unless you're 15 at heart, you may need anger management yourself after sitting through this aggressively crass comedy, which alternates between mean-spirited slapstick and arbitrary uplift.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
No, it doesn't make much sense, and yes, it's irredeemably phallocentric -- but that is, perhaps, its saving grace.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 2, 2003
Has hell frozen over? Not only is Jack Nicholson starring in a buddy movie alongside Adam Sandler, but of the two, Sandler's low-key approach is preferable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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April 24, 2003
Strenuous, spottily amusing.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 20, 2003
This is the kind of coarse comedy where a fart serves as a punch line.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 16, 2003
Even a longtime Adamophobe has to admit that Sandler is an agreeable presence here, and that the film has some funny filigree work to offset the oppressive schematics.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 15, 2003
Embarrassed and clueless, Mr. Nicholson is clearly slumming. As a goopy, doofus pet-clothes designer whose only talent is nostril-wiggling, Mr. Sandler comes closer to playing his real self.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 15, 2003
The free-associational lurch of the enigmatic Nicholson 12-step program is set to a familiar backbeat of juvenile gross-out and homosexual panic; what's truly illogical is the blithe conflation of anger management and assertiveness training.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 14, 2003
[A] disaster from the start.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 12, 2003
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
April 11, 2003
A couple of brakes-off set pieces to the side, the antics here are strained, graceless and tiresomely crude, the sorts of things audiences feel they're supposed to laugh at rather than well-developed situations that generate genuine amusement.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 11, 2003
Flimsy follow-through or not, the teaming still works, and so, at times, does the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 11, 2003
The promise of Anger Management lasts for all of about 15 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
April 11, 2003
The laughs here are painfully few and far between.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 11, 2003
A comedy that doesn't call for a review so much as a prospectus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 11, 2003
Has its moments.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 11, 2003
Unpredictably funny.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 11, 2003
Throw enough money at a Sandler movie and it will look like a decent film -- except when you let middling hack Peter Segal of Nutty Professor II direct.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 11, 2003
There's no clear sense of purpose, no payoff, no building to a clever climax that leaves you weak in the wake of its hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 11, 2003
A one-joke movie that milks its central conceit long after there's nothing left.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 11, 2003
Folks who loved Punch-Drunk Love won't care much for Anger Management, but cameo appearances by a host of famous names occur frequently enough that we're forced to stay alert, if only to catch them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 11, 2003
Anger Management plays the same tune too much of the time to live up to its potential. Still, it's good for a giggle.
| Original Score: C+
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April 11, 2003
Anger Management is not going to go down in history as a comedy classic, but it should generate great box office numbers and its broad approach will appeal to Sandler's loyal fan base.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 11, 2003
A stoopid movie, front-loaded with infantile shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 11, 2003
Sandler's blank, doughy countenance seems duller than ever.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 11, 2003
Everyone who avoided About Schmidt and other recent Nicholson movies on the grounds that he was actually playing characters instead of mugging will be happy to know he does no acting here whatsoever.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 11, 2003
Anger Management is a ragged piece of filmmaking, but the odds are you'll have as good a time watching it as Nicholson and Sandler seemed to have making it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 11, 2003
The concept is inspired. The execution is lame. Anger Management, a film that might have been one of Adam Sandler's best, becomes one of Jack Nicholson's worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 11, 2003
Peter Segal directs individual sequences with a steady hand, but slack editing and a meandering and muddled plot make the film seem slow.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 11, 2003
Anger Management virtually defines high-concept filmmaking: It's a one-note comedy that tries to soar because it's Nicholson and Sandler who get to play the note.
| Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 11, 2003
While it includes some funny scenes, one senses that the Nicholson-Sandler pairing could have achieved much more.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 11, 2003
Miller time for the funny bone.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 11, 2003
The only thing you'll be mad about is spending 10 bucks to watch Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler try too hard.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 11, 2003
It's always a relief to come out of an Adam Sandler movie without a case of hives, and you can comfortably attend Anger Management without prophylactic antihistamines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 11, 2003
Some of the movie is so primitively staged that you can almost hear someone leafing through the book of instructions that came with the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 10, 2003
With Sandler as his simpering straight man, Nicholson makes faces shamelessly, rude noises shamefully, but he can't make Anger Management funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2003
Though Anger Management does have some amusing moments, it's too undiscriminating and scattershot to be worth paying attention to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 10, 2003
A happy experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 10, 2003
Lumpy, bumpy and uneven, but often enjoyably nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
April 10, 2003
Like so many Sandler vehicles, the movie isn't actually funny, but keeps feeling as if it should be.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2003
Punch-Drunk Love for the masses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 10, 2003
It has its funny moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 9, 2003
A comedy as bracing and furiously right for the moment as it is broad and huggable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+