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Meatballs Reviews

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Eric Melin
September 4, 2012
For those of you that are big fans of the cult comedy hit Wet Hot American Summer, Meatballs is the summer camp movie it parodied the most, even though Meatballs had a bigger heart and was strictly PG.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
July 20, 2012
It's Murray's spontaneity that gives the movie its lifeblood. But Murray also shows an early, rare example of onscreen tenderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 13, 2012
The scenes between Murray and Makepeace are nicely handled, and the lack of mean-spiritedness is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
R. L. Shaffer
June 11, 2012
A bit slow and meandering, and unfunny when Bill Murray is not on screen, but Meatballs is worth it for the camp atmosphere and Murray's comic genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
October 5, 2008
Through it all, Murray smiles and forges ahead, but his big riffs have been edited down to frantic bursts of mugging.
Clint Morris
April 19, 2008
It doesn't get any funnier than Meatballs!
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 29, 2007
As easy to handle as drinking lemonade under a shady tree.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 24, 2007
Bill Murray is the only reason to see this film. His high energy and sensitive acting abilities take this cliche film out of the ordinary and give it the style that did not appear in the script or the direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Variety Staff
July 24, 2007
It's difficult to come up with a more cliche situation for a summer pic than a summer camp, where all the characters and plot turns are readily imaginable. That makes director Ivan Reitman's accomplishment all the more noteworthy.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 23, 2007
...ultimately just not able to live up to its inexplicable reputation as a minor cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
June 4, 2007
Murray has been funnier and far more authoritative during his career, but he was never this joyfully floppy again. Meatballs is the crowning of his doofus glory and a great testament to his once improvisational appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pete Croatto
May 14, 2007
you don't mind the lack of structure, especially since it's delivered by a good-natured and good-humored young cast
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Camp counsellor Tripper (Murray) is a John Belushi clone whose 'charisma' dominates the film's standard wackiness and sentimental story (of a kid who doesn't fit).
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 25, 2005
It's a classic, but not as good as you might remember.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 1, 2005
Early Murray/Reitman collaboration. "Rudy the Rabbit."
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Murray in fine form, but dated flick
| Original Score: 3/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
October 21, 2004
Has its moments. Murray is funny, as always.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 27, 2004
Meatballs works because Bill Murray's talents as an actor and comedian.

May 24, 2003
Turning in a fine, controlled performance, Murray firmly establishes his 'goofy man who cares' typecasting, subsequently developed in numerous 80s movies.
Kevin A. Ranson
April 6, 2003
... because all the GOOD looking girls are on THEIR side of the camp!
| Original Score: 4/5
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