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Kicking & Screaming Reviews

August 16, 2007
Will Ferrell has become the most unlikely embodiment of wholesome family fun since Fred MacMurray gave up film noir for My Three Sons.
September 26, 2005
This isn't the worst setup for a kiddie comedy, but it proves that Ferrell alone can't carry a film.
May 21, 2005
... barely watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 19, 2005
A zero, but the title describes how the audience is likely to react, perfectly.
May 13, 2005
Ferrell is one of the film's few bright lights. It's a shame to hide that subversive beacon under a bushel of dully inspirational sports movie cliches.
May 13, 2005
As lazy, bloated and TV-screen- friendly as shameless promos come.
May 13, 2005
If you're into Will Ferrell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2005
It just plods along, harmless but lifeless, going exactly where you think it's going.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 13, 2005
Sit in a room by yourself, look at a blank screen for 90 minutes, and you'll have more of a chance of laughing at your own thoughts than you will at this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 13, 2005
Stop me if you've heard this before.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 13, 2005
Silly, mindless and derivative, but Duvall brings some bite to the proceedings and Ferrell is dependably amusing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2005
Both Duvall and Mike Ditka, who plays himself and helps coach Phil's team, spend too much of the movie on the bench, and while they're there, the jokes run thin.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2005
Even a soccer-savvy audience has better things to do -- like instilling unsportsmanlike behavior in their kids or sabotaging rival teams.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 13, 2005
Most of the time, [the kids] go along. Most of the time we do, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2005
A limping string of laboured sight gags and sentimental clichés.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
Doesn't quite deliver the comedy goods, but it plays well in spurts and, thanks to Ferrell, remains slightly off-kilter.
Read More | Original Score: C+
May 13, 2005
The sort of almost-there family movie for which half-stars exist in ratings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2005
Rather shakily directed by Jesse (son of Bob) Dylan, who possibly knows something about larger-than-life fathers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2005
The kind of movie that makes you wonder why anyone would even bother making it in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 12, 2005
A good script is the most essential ingredient for a good movie. Hiring a comedian isn't enough.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 12, 2005
Kicking & Screaming delivers what it promises, but it's time to promise something better.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 12, 2005
An entertaining family movie, and may serve a useful purpose if it inspires kids to overthrow their coaches and take over their own sports.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2005
There's few revelations, but it's pleasantly handled and swiftly executed. Kids will love it, and there's enough laughs to sustain their parents.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 12, 2005
Crushingly inept family comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 12, 2005
A so-so family sports comedy that aims a weak satirical kick at the divided soul of the American middle-class dad, as personified by Will Ferrell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 12, 2005
Kicking & Screaming is yet another low-budget, high-concept vehicle for Will Ferrell to say and do dumb stuff, throw hissy-fits, get punched in the face, and find redemption (as both a dad and a son).
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2005
An immensely likable, funny comedy that finds a novel approach to that familiar combo of kids and sports.
May 12, 2005
A likable but labored situation comedy skewed heavily toward the situation.
May 12, 2005
Kicking & Screaming gives us Ferrell in top form. As the mentor to a squad of hapless 10-year-olds, he's the least mature person on the field.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2005
Ferrell fiddles with different kinds of jokes as if he were trying on shoes.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 12, 2005
Ferrell sticks with it, kicking and screaming indeed, distracting us with his good-natured mugging until enough 'it's-not-about-winning' lessons to fill a sequel are pounded home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2005
Just watching Ferrell pull faces (for lack of a better term) is hilarious.
Read More | Original Score: B-
May 11, 2005
Laughs-wise, it lacks the raucous edge of an Old School or Anchorman or the retro charm of an Elf, but there's still plenty of Will-power to fuel this likable underdog trifle.
May 11, 2005
Ferrell doesn't just save this junk -- he rules it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 10, 2005
Even the intermittent laughs undermine Kicking and its winning-isn't-everything message. According to the plot, competition makes Phil insufferable. According to Ferrell's performance, it makes him hilarious.
May 9, 2005
Will Ferrell is one funny guy.