Balls of Fury - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Balls of Fury Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Drew Toal
Time Out
January 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
December 28, 2007
CGI-assisted ping pong and lame gags about dead pandas, simpering homos and 'Antiques Roadshow'.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 4, 2007
This movie is deadly.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 31, 2007
While it's sporadically amusing, Balls of Fury scores fewer points for humor than it could have.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 30, 2007
It's never an encouraging sign when a comedy filled with talented pros produces only a single distinct laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 30, 2007
The real trouble is that it's supposed to be an outrageous comedy, but in fact it's fairly tame and not all that funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 30, 2007
This is pretty thin soup, but the players are spirited and the jokes generally offbeat.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 30, 2007
While Balls of Fury is slightly more sophisticated in its comic strategies, 'slightly' remains the operative word.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 29, 2007
Ultimately, it's a hollow enterprise, all ping and no pong. It doesn't bounce; it splats.
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
August 29, 2007
The movie's big lug of a lead, Dan Fogler...could be dismissed as a poor man's Jack Black.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 29, 2007
...there are plenty of funny bits, but the movie runs out of ideas long before its end
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 29, 2007
Ben Garant fumbles the formula he's mocking, denying us the spectacular and hilarious matches that the story demands.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 29, 2007
Christopher Walken has joined the legion of stand-up comics, student actors and bar-stool mimics trolling for laughs by doing bad Christopher Walken impressions.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 29, 2007
Something of a surprise, Balls of Fury serves up sports thrills and a good amount of laughter...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 29, 2007
It's schlocky and tasteless but also good-natured and harmless, and the people who come out to see it will get just what they want: 90 minutes of freewheeling, switch-off-your-brain laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 29, 2007
Balls of Fury is a stupid movie that's not quite stupid enough, or at least not quite funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 29, 2007
Don't expect me to explain the rules and purposes of the tournament, if it has any. I was preoccupied with observing the sheer absurdity of everything on the screen...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 29, 2007
Just another one-joke sketch that goes on forever.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 29, 2007
Christopher Walken does not actually show up in Asian drag until halfway through Balls of Fury -- not enough to salvage this mostly unfunny, extremely silly pingpong comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 29, 2007
The gags are either obvious, lame, ineptly timed or repeated so many times as to render them devoid of humor.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 29, 2007
Nothing original, nothing outrageous.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2007
Goodness, gracious, there's no greatness in Balls of Fury, a lifeless pingpong comedy that ricochets from one flat gag to the next. The only novelty it can boast of is that it's a sports spoof without Will Ferrell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 29, 2007
Lennon, Garant and Fogler are masters of the prolonged punch line, extending a joke so far that it hits funny, whizzes into the stands, then bounces back. The same, come to think of it, could be said for their movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 29, 2007
Balls of Fury also scores points, so to speak, for coming up with its own sports context. Talladega Nights had NASCAR. Blades of Glory had the world of figure skating. Ping-Pong has . . . rec rooms?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
August 29, 2007
It may look episodic and disgracefully low-budget in places, but there's also a theatrical quality in the way scenes are blocked, and punch lines delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2007
It's the kind of comedy that finds Asian people hi-lar-ious because they're...Asian. (Are you laughing yet?)
Full Review | Original Score: F
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 29, 2007
Balls of Fury is raunchier and somewhat more imaginative than Hot Rod, and it will be must viewing for Christopher Walken completists.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
August 28, 2007
[Question:] Balls of Fury is a movie about: a. A former table-tennis prodigy enlisted by the FBI to infiltrate the underground Ping-Pong tournament of a legendary Chinese criminal. b. Suppository jokes. c. Nothing worth discussing.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
August 24, 2007
Relentlessly silly in spoofing martial-arts movie conventions, Balls of Fury has roughly enough laughs for a first-class trailer but wheezes, gasps and finally goes flat through much of its 90 minutes.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
August 23, 2007
It's the killer pingpong action that ultimately keeps Balls afloat.