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The Longest Yard Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 27, 2005
It's not as good as the 1974 original, or even as good as the 2001 British soccer remake of Yard, Mean Machine. But there are bright spots.
| Original Score: 2/5
May 27, 2005
Weirdly faithful to the original... but often feels like a child imitating an adult - it gets the motions right, but it never understands any of the meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 27, 2005
| Original Score: 2/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Drama that's not dramatic enough and comedy that's not funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 29, 2005
Sandler has made a stinker. That message is delivered with great sorrow from possibly the hardest-core Sandler fan allowed to write about movies for a newspaper.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Weinberg
May 26, 2005
Yeah, who needs talented actors like Burt Reynolds, Bill Fichtner, and James Cromwell when you can just hit someone in the crotch for 105 minutes?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 31, 2005
A Division III imitation of the original.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 26, 2005
The film primarily replaces its predecessor's gritty swagger with WWE and MTV-esque posturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
May 26, 2005
Seems like it was made by 14-year-old boys, for 14-year-old boys. If that's you, then go and have a good time. But if you're post-adolescent, there's nothing for you here.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Victoria Alexander
May 25, 2005
If only the ethnic-reassigned Burt Reynolds had stayed naked on that bear rug.
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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 26, 2005
Sad and ugly, the product of sadistic children devoid of moral compasses.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 26, 2005
Softer, louder and cleaner than the 1974 version, the new film sentimentalizes the prisoners and the game, filing down their sharpest edges so that winning becomes a matter of triumph rather than resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 7, 2005
As a remake it is not trying to achieve anything close to the original, but we are watching it for the same reason Burt is doing it: insufficient options.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Gonsalves
March 11, 2008
Yields the dispiriting insight that Hollywood can't even make credible rabble-rousing junk any more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 27, 2005
The characters sound like they were dreamed up during the drive to the set.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The new film keeps about 90% of the original story and even some of the original lines of dialogue, yet the changes it makes are all misguided.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
June 2, 2005
Segal paces this updated version of Aldrich's playful prison yarn with all the skill of an indecisive coach roaming the sidelines without a playbook to rely on for inspiration
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
June 5, 2005
After a handful of McThis and McThat jokes, it becomes blatantly clear that we have a movie unwilling to take a single risk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 27, 2005
Thirty years later Reynolds still looks fit to play the lead; Sandler still looks like a water boy.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
May 26, 2005
Does Chris Rock even know what year it is? His tired-for-a-decade references bog down a remake that would be unwatchable were it not for a jazzed-up climactic game.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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