Bad News Bears Reviews

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January 20, 2020
[W]hen one character looks down at a can of beer and remarks, 'Non-alcoholic? What's the point?' it feels a bit like the film is unknowingly judging itself.
November 19, 2019
An amiable enough remake of the 1976 classic that is helped greatly by some very funny work by Billy Bob Thornton.
April 25, 2019
Bad News Bears finds Linklater marking time professionally enough -- and while hardly essential viewing, it's unpretentious, amoral fun.
May 13, 2014
The best reason to see Richard Linklater's wholly unnecessary but highly enjoyable remake of The Bad News Bears is Billy Bob Thornton, who's doing a PG-13 version of his Bad Santa.
May 13, 2014
Fortunately almost everyone acquits himself coolly and admirably.
May 13, 2014
Billy Bob Thornton has proven he can do pretty much anything, but he simply does not look haggard, washed-up or miserable enough to be a believable Morris Buttermaker, the role Walter Matthau immortalized.
May 13, 2014
It's no Bad Santa, but it's fun.
May 13, 2014
Having cast a knowing eye on teen debauchery in Dazed and Confused and coaxed a stellar performance out of Jack Black in School of Rock, the director is just the man to launch a surprise spitwad attack in the current culture wars.
May 13, 2014
If you're looking for another Adam Sandler/Jack Black comic masterpiece, this isn't it. It is, though, Billy Bob Thornton at his best, dropping analogies that would make a Hooters waitress blush.
May 13, 2014
Even if you never saw the original Bad News Bears, you've probably seen this movie. You know, the one where the reluctant coach pulls together the ragtag bunch of misfits and teaches them important lessons about teamwork.
May 13, 2014
Linklater's spirit is true: Practice still unfolds to the waltz of Carmen. Sentiment is avoided at all costs.
May 13, 2014
Director Richard Linklater has wisely stayed with the structure of the 1976 classic (with Walter Matthau in the Butterworth role) but populated it with dialogue from Bad Santa's Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
May 8, 2014
Thornton [knocks] every one-liner out of the park with the free rein Linklater allows him, though a picked-up pace would've been welcome.
January 7, 2011
Thornton is the real reason to watch. He plays most of his scenes with an understated unrepentant scumbaggishsness that makes him easy to simultaneously hate and like. It's a tricky balance to pull off, but he manages it well.
June 21, 2009
Linklater's "Bad News Bears" doesn't approach the giddy comedy of Ritchie's original, but it does inspire an attentive contemplation on the similarities and differences between adults and children in approaching the game of life.
April 29, 2009
Linklater's directorial prowess can not be argued, but "Bad News Bears" just isn't good enough to watch again...
July 23, 2007
There are worse ways to spend an afternoon.
March 1, 2007
Bad News Bears is packed with laughs, but almost all of them are cheaply won
September 8, 2006
I'm not sure why filmmakers think we want to see kids put into dark situations and berated with profanities by Billy Bob Thornton.
July 15, 2006
...what should've been a fun and breezy comedy is ultimately transformed into an incredibly tedious ordeal...
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