Bad Words Reviews

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April 4, 2014
The gangling script shows a compulsion to swerve away from sentimental expectations, but only manages to mire itself in affected anti-cute misanthropy.
April 3, 2014
I didn't like anything about the movie before discovering what Guy is up to. I actively hated it after I figured out what was actually going on.
April 3, 2014
After seeing Bad Words, I'm trying to set up a swearing bee between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Bateman.
March 31, 2014
It's just too damn amiable to be outrageous, and if it ain't outrageous, it's a swing-and-a-miss at the premise. Not good when playing in Pee Wee League.
March 30, 2014
Bad Words is clearly jockeying to be another Bad Santa, but because it frequently pulls back from going too far, it lacks that picture's killer instinct.
March 29, 2014
If you take this as, in a sense, a dirty fairy tale, it is absolutely hilarious. If you take it straight you're going to have a terrible time. You're also going to be missing the point.
March 29, 2014
Bateman's directorial debut is solid. He seems on sure footing behind the camera. If only he had been up to suppressing the nice guy within, "Bad Words" could have achieved a distinctive level of satire and black humor.
March 28, 2014
Plays out as a farce that (sadly) just isn't all that insightful, witty, or creative with how it approaches its premise - one that is kind of funny but only goes so far.
March 28, 2014
It wants to be politically incorrect, and indeed there are many rants against women, insults to visible minorities, and general verbal mayhem. But you get the sense the movie never means it: this a Hollywood lesson in redemption.
March 28, 2014
The laughs in this film are all mean-spirited or just frat-boy gross.
March 28, 2014
Bateman outright acts as Bad Santa as he can without getting sued for copyright infringement.
March 27, 2014
It's time to break out the thesaurus to find enough accolade adjectives to describe this comedy, which has an adult competing in a spelling bee for elementary school students.
March 27, 2014
Once you stop chuckling at some of the blatantly nasty shenanigans, you realize that maybe you shouldn't be laughing at all.
March 27, 2014
Almost unrelenting in its takedown both of an American institution and the country's obsession with victories big and small, Bad Words is more misanthropic fantasy than satiric fiction.
March 27, 2014
Trashy, ribald laughs in the Bad Santa vein, this marks Bateman's directorial debut; it's not much to look at, but at least he has the nerve to push the insolence, profanity, and brutal insult humor to its absolute limits.
March 27, 2014
A mildly amusing, and modestly if efficiently mounted, film which, when not politically incorrect or confrontational, is too joyless and generic for words.
March 26, 2014
Doesn't seem to know what to do with itself once it gets where it's going...And yet, it's hard to throw on the trash heap, because Jason Bateman.
March 25, 2014
The film backs itself into a corner when it must choose between either being relentlessly nasty or suddenly heartwarming.
March 24, 2014
Works as a black comedy, but is out of tune when playing the heart strings.
March 24, 2014
...an intermittently entertaining and very occasionally unpredictable comedy [with] no third act
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