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Happy Gilmore Reviews

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
February 16, 2016
The comedy is never more than sudden, outsized explosions of violence from the otherwise placid, childlike Happy. But director Dugan maximizes the laughs through careful timing and counterpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 15, 2008
[A] one-joke Caddyshack for the blitzed and jaded.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 15, 2008
There are about three minutes of funny material in Happy Gilmore, and pretty much all of them are in the trailer.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Superior disposable comedy.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It may smell awful from a distance, especially if you have low tolerance for lowbrow humor, but up close this yarn about an unlikely golf star is fairly painless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
You don't feel that Sandler and director Dennis Dugan are trying for the kind of subversiveness that might just make Happy's brutal anarchy more effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The Happy Gilmore character is strange. I guess we are supposed to like him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Happy's tantrums, which the movie pretends are liberating explosions of self-expression, aren't nearly maniacal enough to reach comic delirium.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Sandler plays this a lot smarter than, say, a Jim Carrey character, and with less slapstick. Still, this is not delicate, subtle stuff: It's smart low-brow, and only for those who like their humor a bit offbeat.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The story has all the thickness of a well-trimmed green, but it's a decent excuse for some heady sight gags.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Happy Gilmore may not be an ace in the hole, but it beats par by a long shot.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Sandler's movie is worth a few laughs, but not many of the comic sequences are original, and even fewer are inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4