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Bad News Bears Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 13, 2014
Fortunately almost everyone acquits himself coolly and admirably.
Peter Bradshaw
May 13, 2014
It's no Bad Santa, but it's fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Hastings
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
May 13, 2014
Linklater's spirit is true: Practice still unfolds to the waltz of Carmen. Sentiment is avoided at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
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.

Total Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
There are worse ways to spend an afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Bad News Bears is packed with laughs, but almost all of them are cheaply won
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
July 1, 2006
This hasn't the advantage of seeming so new, nor so shocking. It mixes cute and crass with a dollop of social critique.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 25, 2005
Ainda que esquemático, gera boas risadas graças à dinâmica entre Thornton e o elenco infantil.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Medsker
December 17, 2005
The Bad News Bears is at its best when, like all good major league pitchers, it isn't afraid to get a little mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
This is one remake that was done right. It retains some of the best ideas of the original, while updating it nicely into modern times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
August 18, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
August 14, 2005
Despite the lack of a vital air-punch from a curiously flat finale, there's much to love and laugh at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
August 13, 2005
Fans of the original will be amazed at how similar the two films are - the new version even makes the same extensive use of Bizet's Carmen on the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
August 12, 2005
Raunchy, raucous fun featuring Thornton's Bad Santa persona in full effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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