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Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
This masterpiece of modern cinema depends upon a single truism: A guy getting hit in the nuts a hundred times in a row is funny a hundred times.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2004
Direct hit!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ed Park
Village Voice
June 22, 2004
The most satisfying comedy of the past year -- at least among the ones starring Stiller.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 21, 2004
... a hilariously worthy successor to the great goofball comedies of the late Seventies and early Eighties, movies like Caddyshack and Meatballs.
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June 21, 2004
Just watching grown-ups get bombarded by rubber balls, you know? Makes me feel 12 again.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 19, 2004
The movie doesn't just pussyfoot around conventionality -- it hits it square in the stomach and then leaps around shamelessly in a smug victory dance.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 18, 2004
Thurber makes you forget convention and enjoy a genuine yukfest, full of down-and-dirty (but funny) gags and one-liners, and memorable scenes.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 18, 2004
Modestly amusing teen summer comedy.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 18, 2004
Gleefully commingles slapstick and scatology, satire and sentiment, in a free-wheeling farce aimed at making auds laugh until they're thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
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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
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
June 18, 2004
Did that movie just wink at me? I think it did. But I'm not quite sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2004
Yes, the movie's watchable, and there are about six good laughs in it, but six good (not great) laughs in 90 minutes is pretty paltry for a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 18, 2004
Too many of [Thurber's] gags rely on easy grunge humor or stunt casting, or simply misfire.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 18, 2004
While it doesn't have enough heart to put it in league with the all-time great sports comedies, the film certainly ranks among the more quotable ones.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 18, 2004
Reeks of desperation from the start, resorting way too often to the Funniest Home Videos-style spectacle of people getting hit in the crotch with red rubber balls.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 18, 2004
[Stiller] creates a perfect storm of body, facial and vocal expression for every line of dialogue, and you have to admire his co-players for merely maintaining their balance against the bluster.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 18, 2004
This lame sports comedy is deflated by clichés, from a save-the-farm plot to sadism disguised as slapstick.
| Original Score: C-
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 18, 2004
Aims low -- and happily hits its target.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 18, 2004
More often than not, DodgeBall slings its visual and verbal humor with rapid-fire, spot-on aim without fouling.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 18, 2004
Globo is owned by Ben Stiller, overacting to the point of apoplexy as White Goodman; his manic performance is consistently funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 18, 2004
Rambunctious when it finally gets to Las Vegas, where the championships are held and broadcast on not-real-yet ESPN 8 -- 'the Ocho.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 18, 2004
Feels far too smug about its underachievement to be a persuasive nerd movie: This is more a film by Hollywood frat boys slumming for some quick summer money.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 17, 2004
From the same generic mind-set that could just as easily have given us Major League: Concession Stand comes what seems like the 11th Ben Stiller comedy this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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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.
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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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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 17, 2004
Entertaining, in the way that encourages maximum brain disengagement.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 17, 2004
Ben Stiller plays a pumped-up fitness guru in a consistently funny sports spoof that unapologetically roots for the über-nerds.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 17, 2004
Some movies are funny because they're smart, while other movies are equally funny because they're dumb. More rarely, movies are funny because they involve watching enormous wrenches being hurled at people's groins.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 17, 2004
Vaughn is stuck playing the straight man to a collection of stooges, and he looks utterly bored doing it.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 17, 2004
No more a good movie than dodgeball is a sport. But compared to other recent dumb-on-purpose comedies, it's something close to clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 2004
A lazy, flabby waste.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 17, 2004
Bounces along with a dumb, energetic oomph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
June 17, 2004
Thurber loads up on plenty of tired, male-identified, low-comedy standbys, including homosexual panic, fat girls and racial caricatures.
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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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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 17, 2004
A comedy so brainless it's actually kind of brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 17, 2004
Offers about 90 minutes of laughter (although the movie runs out of steam during its final third).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4