• PG, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ivan Reitman
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1979 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 23, 1999
  • LionsGate Entertainment


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Meatballs Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

December 31, 2004
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 2/5

July 31, 2003
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
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Through it all, Murray smiles and forges ahead, but his big riffs have been edited down to frantic bursts of mugging.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 5, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

| Original Score: 2/5

June 12, 2004
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...ultimately just not able to live up to its inexplicable reputation as a minor cult classic.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

June 23, 2007
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Has its moments. Murray is funny, as always.

| Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2004
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

June 15, 2005

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 24, 2007
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Early Murray/Reitman collaboration. "Rudy the Rabbit."

| Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2005
Scott Weinberg

Without Murray, it'd be nothing. Fortunately the comedian's in fantastic form here.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2002
Clint Morris

It doesn't get any funnier than Meatballs!

| Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2008
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: B+

June 4, 2007
Rebecca Murray

| Original Score: 4/5

February 4, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

It's Murray's spontaneity that gives the movie its lifeblood. But Murray also shows an early, rare example of onscreen tenderness.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

July 20, 2012
Variety Staff
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 24, 2007
Eric Melin

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 4, 2012
Derek Adams
Time Out
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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).

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Erik Childress

| Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Meatballs works because Bill Murray's talents as an actor and comedian.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 27, 2004
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It's a classic, but not as good as you might remember.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 25, 2005
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