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The Hebrew Hammer Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
December 19, 2003
plays like a lower (much, much lower) budgeted, Jewish version of Malcolm Lee's funnier Undercover Brother
| Original Score: 2.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 21, 2004
[E]nds up veering from ridiculous but pointed commentary into abusing and insulting those [the film] intends to champion...
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 16, 2003
The result is explicit, if less than hilarious.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 18, 2003
Would have worked brilliantly as a five-minute late-night comedy sketch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 9, 2004
The movie starts out hilarious but like The Hammer's Jewish mother, it starts to nag at you after awhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2003
The corker-to-groaner ratio heavily favors the latter as the bagel-and-dreidel jokes begin to lose their spark, as does the story.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
December 19, 2003
A hit-and-miss affair.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2003
Unfunny rather than outrageous as intended.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2003
A crass, sophomoric and, more to the point, offensively unfunny parody.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
January 30, 2004
Desperation is the project's principal quality.

E! Online
December 19, 2003
Doesn't quite nail it, but it's not as bad as it sounds, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
April 27, 2003
Even a gentile can appreciate the witty wordplay and visual puns flying off the screen at a mile a minute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2004
Profane, shockingly un-PC and often laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is the sort of parody that the folks who made the Airplane and Naked Gun movies used to make -- funny.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
February 10, 2003
One of the biggest joys here is the conversion of Adam Goldberg from 'colorful backup' to 'comic action hero', and while The Hebrew Hammer may not vault the actor into leading man status, he easily carries the entire movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 8, 2004
A scattershot assortment of jokes that is funniest when it sticks to its neat premise.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
December 18, 2003
You may not always laugh at it. But you can't help indulging its junior-high jitters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 9, 2005
Corny and crude at times, but effective in its single-minded pursuit of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 19, 2003
Uneven, profane and occasionally flat-out hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
December 20, 2003
An insubstantial but highly entertaining flick.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Rooney
December 23, 2003
Kesselman's thin script generally is funniest when it's riffing on Jewish stereotypes and goyish bigotry.
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