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Bad News Bears Reviews

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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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 4, 2005
There are many lingerings over communal feelings other directors might pass through more quickly to get to the next giggle or guffaw more efficiently.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 28, 2005
Billy Bob Thornton is the best weapon against cute that a kid baseball movie ever had.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 26, 2005
More irksome is the ordained focus on plot undulation and simplistic motivation, as if nobody remembered that the first film was a social satire.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 23, 2005
Kids are more precocious today than they were in 1976, while audiences are harder to shock or to enlist in an underdog story, but you wouldn't know it from the creaky, unnecessary remake of Bad News Bears.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 23, 2005
At least Linklater isn't just picking the bones of his forebears; he honors them as they deserve.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 23, 2005
Fortunately, in the process of pursuing a box office winner, Linklater has crafted an entertaining motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 22, 2005
But you don't watch Bad News Bears for the action out on the diamond. You hang out with that hangdog coach so you can catch every slurry, sour-mouthed retort coming out of his mouth. Now that's color commentary.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 22, 2005
The movie is fun, though not great, and Billy Bob rules.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 22, 2005
The material is so solid and Thornton so tailor-made that the movie almost gets by.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 22, 2005
If you missed The Bad News Bears the first time around, this one might be worth catching just for Thornton; otherwise, it's just extra innings on a game that's already played out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2005
Perhaps someday French auteurists will be able to figure out how Bad News Bears fits into the cinematic oeuvre of Richard Linklater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 22, 2005
It isn't funny; it isn't sweet, and it has none of the innocence of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 22, 2005
Bad News Bears pitches more than punchlines. The film has a moral, even if it doesn't explore the deepest themes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 22, 2005
It's a sugary message wrapped up in a hilariously caustic, cynical package -- a big, sloppy raspberry on our win-at-all-costs culture and cookie-cutter Hollywood entertainment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 22, 2005
The kids in this knowing, tirelessly belligerent retread are as coarse and obnoxious as they ever were, maybe more so. And therein lies the problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail
July 22, 2005
Kids will be kids, and they are to be given leeway. But the film's adults, who end up only slightly redeemed at film's end, are not winners.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 22, 2005
Bad News Bears isn't Linklater's or Thornton's greatest work, but it's funny from beginning to end and properly improper at every turn. This is religiously irreverent stuff. Pray for more.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 22, 2005
Even if we've seen it a million times, there's still fun to be had watching zeroes become heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 22, 2005
Like its predecessor, Bears can be funny in a snide sort of way, but it doesn't have much kick.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 22, 2005
Thornton and his directors have yet to master the subtlety between an endearing drunk and a sadist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 22, 2005
A cynical money grab made to capitalize on as well as cannibalize an old title that should be spinning in its grave.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 22, 2005
A good movie, not the disgraceful, witlessly modernized rip-off we have grown to expect from remakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 22, 2005
Stranded between pushing the scatological envelope and caving in to the formulas the 1976 movie established, and until the well-nigh foolproof ending, it comes up gasping for air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 22, 2005
Nobody plays a dissolute scalawag like Billy Bob Thornton.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2005
A straightforward, surprisingly faithful and definitely loving adaptation of the original.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 22, 2005
As it sparks to life, spewing outrageous jokes at the expense of every race, creed, infirmity and sensibility, viewers with G-rated hearts will run screaming, while the other screams in the theater will be those of laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 22, 2005
Ritchie's movie was genuinely subversive and hilarious; Linklater's, despite amped-up sexual references (the team celebrates at Hooters) is merely a passably amusing excuse to pass a couple of hours in an air-conditioned theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 22, 2005
Richard Linklater's enjoyable remake is filled with small, cute kids and large, goofy laughs.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 21, 2005
The progress of the story is predictable, as it is in all movies about underdogs. They are bad, and will get better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 21, 2005
Thornton's subversive performance as the type of guy parents warn their kids to stay away from is in this PG-13 movie a tad too profane for the preteens who would really dig it and too juvenile for most adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 21, 2005
The movie comes from the Lazy Man's School of Cheap Laughs, where the class motto is: If you can't think of a joke, just string together profanities and raunchy sexual references.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 21, 2005
The movie's lazy slacker charm is distinctly Linklater's own, as is the decision to cast Billy Bob Thornton as the team's irascible, perpetually drunk coach, Buttermaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 21, 2005
The charm of listening to 10- and 11-year-old children swearing at one another begins to wear off quickly.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 21, 2005
Bad News Bears is a monster all right, one that strikes fear in the hearts of moviegoers who prize taste and novelty.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 21, 2005
Bad News Bears is a conundrum: a kids movie that kids can't -- or shouldn't -- see.
| Original Score: C-
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 21, 2005
In their refusal to press too hard for laughs, Linklater and Thornton make a natural duo, both low-key Southerners high on ingratiating charm.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 20, 2005
[A] swell, fair-ball remake of the well-loved, anti-PC 1976 sports comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 18, 2005
These Bad News Bears are just about as entertaining as the Seventies version.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 18, 2005
The new Bad News Bears has adopted a somewhat raunchier tone but delivers enough laughs to go the distance.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 15, 2005
Glenn Ficarra & John Requa's respectfully faithful script and Linklater's typically unforced directing style combine to generate many moments of laugh-out-loud comedy.