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Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 18, 2004
Despite his inexperience, Thurber apparently knows just how to make the perfect stupid summer movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
August 10, 2004
None of the character of, say, a Will Ferrell movie, or the cyncial wit of Harold and Kumar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 17, 2004
This piece of juvenilia all too willingly embraces the team motto of the movie's heroes: Aim low.
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
August 13, 2004
In this goofball sportsfilm spoof there is something for everyone to laugh at - but a few too many cringeworthy own-goals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 2004
A lazy, flabby waste.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 18, 2004
Thurber seems oblivious to the hypocrisy of mocking our image-conscious society while simultaneously making fun of the film's oddball loser characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 17, 2004
It's not the end of American cinema, but it may signal either the end of Ben Stiller's ambitions or the launch of a vendetta against his fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 18, 2004
Eventually falls prey to its own stupidity (including far too many homophobic jokes), and to a surprisingly lacklustre performance by Vince Vaughn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Can somebody please stop Ben Stiller?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
In the end it just felt like we were being told one long joke but were never given the punchline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Melin
August 8, 2004
The movie dodges laughs as rapidly as it panders for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 18, 2004
More a concept than a movie, and the concept just isn't as clever as the filmmakers think.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
June 15, 2004
Can somebody please stop Ben Stiller?...The (movie's) one vicariously vengeful pleasure is seeing the actors repeatedly take real shots to the head from big red rubber balls.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 17, 2004
[A]bsurd without being absurdist, preposterous but pointlessly so...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 19, 2004
A crude comedy that aims low and hits its mark.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
June 22, 2004
This crazed sports spoof is silly, stupid and only intermittently funny. I'd advise waiting for the video.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 19, 2004
It helps to have energetic and gifted actors, but you really need to give them funnier things to do and say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
June 17, 2004
Once you get beyond nostalgia for dodging red balls whipped at your head, there's little here.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jan Stuart
June 17, 2004
Shtick that aims for an Airplane- style sense of anarchy but instead hits every below- the-belt spot imaginable.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 17, 2004
The main plot is predictable all the way, but the incidentals are clever.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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