Bad Words Reviews

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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.
March 28, 2014
The laughs in this film are all mean-spirited or just frat-boy gross.
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 23, 2014
In his directorial debut, Bateman casts himself as a foul-mouthed, racist jerk. It's a stretch for the nice-guy actor, but the role doesn't suit him.
March 21, 2014
This is twisted, funny stuff.
March 21, 2014
Go see Bad Words for its breathtakingly wicked setup. Just be aware the spell wears off.
March 20, 2014
At heart, Bad Words is a nice little concoction about a fellow walking around with a deep emotional wound, who heals it, not by confronting the source of his troubles, but by healing a similar wound in someone else.
March 20, 2014
The film's problem is that, despite obvious aspirations to be more than just a profane joke factory, it never fulfills its dramatic ambitions.
March 20, 2014
It's nasty enough, but it isn't so much funny as it is pathological.
March 20, 2014
Bateman, who's so often the put-upon straight man, really stretches himself here. His deadpan delivery works just as well in the role of a wicked antihero as it does when he plays Michael Bluth in "Arrested Development."
March 20, 2014
Bateman is already a star pupil of comedy, and he could earn an honor's diploma in filmmaking if he learns to spell singularity.
March 20, 2014
What makes the comedy work is that Bateman doesn't relent. Guy is, simply, a loathsome person.
March 20, 2014
It's over long before it's over, by the time you start wishing that a few of the dogs from "Best in Show" would show up; a one-note comedy, pounded with a hammer and left flat.
March 14, 2014
Directed by Bateman in his first solo effort and written by Andrew Dodge, the film is an irreverant jape with its fair share of standout comic performances.
March 14, 2014
Once we understand what's driving Guy, the revelation is airless: It feels like too little, too late. Now we're supposed to care about whether he has feelings?
March 14, 2014
The film is at its best when it's hovering aimlessly without any apparent purpose in the world of this embittered, misanthropic little man.
March 14, 2014
"Bad Words" serves, at least, as proof that Bateman can do a variety of parts, and direct a smart economical comedy - and if Hollywood is as smart and economical, it will give him the chance again.
March 13, 2014
The performances are funny, appealing and, in the case of Allison Janney, as a spelling bee official, wonderful.
March 13, 2014
Sarcastic, sanctimonious, salacious, sly, slight and surprisingly sweet, the black comedy of "Bad Words," starring and directed by Jason Bateman, is high-minded, foul-mouthed good nonsense.
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