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.
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.
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.
August 9, 2005
A pleasant surprise out of leftfield.
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.
July 28, 2005
Billy Bob Thornton is the best weapon against cute that a kid baseball movie ever had.
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.
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.
July 23, 2005
Fortunately, in the process of pursuing a box office winner, Linklater has crafted an entertaining motion picture.
July 23, 2005
At least Linklater isn't just picking the bones of his forebears; he honors them as they deserve.
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.
July 22, 2005
The movie is fun, though not great, and Billy Bob rules.
July 22, 2005
The material is so solid and Thornton so tailor-made that the movie almost gets by.
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.
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.
July 22, 2005
It isn't funny; it isn't sweet, and it has none of the innocence of the original.
July 22, 2005
Bad News Bears pitches more than punchlines. The film has a moral, even if it doesn't explore the deepest themes.
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.
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