The Longest Yard

Critics Consensus

This Yard has some laughs but missing from this remake is the edginess of the original.

31%

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Total Count: 166

62%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 32,774,364
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One of the toughest and best-remembered sports movies of the 1970s gets a humorous makeover in this comedy. Paul "Wrecking" Crewe (Adam Sandler) was once a famous professional football player, but after several years out of the limelight and an alcohol problem have taken their toll, Crewe is arrested for a serious traffic accident aggravated by the fact he was drunk. Crewe is sentenced to Allenville Penitentiary, where Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) is something of a football fan. Hazen had organized his guards into an impressive football team, and clears a healthy profit by taking bets on their games. Looking to make the competition more interesting, Hazen suggests that Crewe put together a team from the inmate population to play his guards. With the help of fellow prisoner Caretaker (Chris Rock), Crewe recruits the heaviest hitters from the cell block for the team, but the guys don't play like a unit until Crewe and Caretaker get some help from Nate Scarborough (Burt Reynolds), a former college and NFL coach doing hard time. Adapted from Robert Aldrich's 1974 box-office smash of the same name, The Longest Yard also features rap star Nelly and Nicholas Turturro; the film has previously been loosely remade in 2001 as Mean Machine, with the action moved to England and the game changed to soccer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Adam Sandler
as Paul `Wrecking' Crewe
Chris Rock
as Caretaker
Burt Reynolds
as Coach Nate Scarborough
James Cromwell
as Warden Hazen
Walter Williamson
as Errol Dandridge
Michael Irvin
as Deacon Moss
Nelly
as Earl Megget
Edward Bunker
as Skitchy Rivers
William Fichtner
as Capt. Knauer
Terry Crews
as Cheeseburger Eddy
Bob Sapp
as Switowski
Steve Reevis
as Baby Face Bob
Tracy Morgan
as Ms. Tucker
Bill Romanowski
as Guard Lambert
Kevin Nash
as Guard Englehart
Steve Austin
as Guard Dunham
Jim Rome
as Announcer
Brian Bosworth
as Guard Garner
Michael Papajohn
as Guard Papajohn
Conrad Goode
as Guard Webster
Brandon Molale
as Guard Malloy
Todd Holland
as Guard Holland
Allen Covert
as Referee
Chris Berman
as Himself
Ed Lauter
as Duane
Dan Patrick
as Off. Jack Pugh
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Critic Reviews for The Longest Yard

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (41)

  • Everyone involved with this remake claims the utmost respect for Robert Aldrich's raucously funny 1974 original. So you have to wonder why they crapped all over it, starting with the casting.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Adam Sandler, of course, is no Burt Reynolds. But then neither is Burt Reynolds these days, judging by his performance as the team's crusty mentor.

    Sep 6, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • A Division III imitation of the original.

    May 31, 2005
  • No uplifting populism here.

    May 31, 2005 | Full Review…
  • People will go see The Longest Yard for all sorts of reasons -- its lively humor, the current of violence that's just under the surface, its message of underdog racial reconciliation, or the fact that there's no actual football to watch on TV.

    May 31, 2005
  • The pleasure is entirely like eating cake made from cake mix. It's not like you don't know how it's going to turn out, or how it tasted the last time you ate it.

    May 27, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Longest Yard

  • Dec 02, 2011
    Is this a comedy or drama? One moment its funny, the next its all sad, then were laughing again, then everyones all sad again. It had funny moments, but this film lacks good characters, good story, and doesnt live up to great football movies.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Another routinely bad Adam Sandler comedy. What more can be said?
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2011
    The Longest Yard remake is a yet another prime example of a remake that is terrible. The film is awful. With a bad cast, it's no wonder that this film is bad. James Cromwell and William Fichtner are the only two good actors here, and they are totally wasted on a bad film like this. Adam Sandler continues to prove that he is a terrible comedian, and with only three good comedies to his name, he really should get a clue that his films are terrible, and that he's quite unfunny. The Longest Yard is awful, and I was expecting something good with this film, but boy was I disappointed. The original film was decent, nothing too great; but this film is crap. The comedic relief in Sandler and Chris Rock is terrible. I hated it. Two awful comedians in one film are a guaranteed comedic misfire. Which is what The Longest Yard remake is. After a while, I really felt bored and uninterested with the direction of the film. The film was pretty boring and lacked anything interesting or engaging. The film fails at being a comedy, and its execution is clumsy and sloppy. The jokes are stale and unoriginal. This is a pointless remake to a classic film, and it should've never been made. The film doesn't work as a comedy due to its lacking effective comedic talent. I hated this film, and in the end it was a boring film to be avoided. The film was a poorly made comedy that didn't deliver effective laughs.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2011
    Another routinely bad Adam Sandler comedy. What more can be said?
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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