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Meatballs Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 31, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 31, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
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.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
October 21, 2004
Has its moments. Murray is funny, as always.
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
June 15, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

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
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 1, 2005
Early Murray/Reitman collaboration. "Rudy the Rabbit."
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Without Murray, it'd be nothing. Fortunately the comedian's in fantastic form here.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
April 19, 2008
It doesn't get any funnier than Meatballs!
| Original Score: 3/5
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+
Rebecca Murray
February 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Top Critic
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.
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
Top Critic
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).
Erik Childress
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 27, 2004
Meatballs works because Bill Murray's talents as an actor and comedian.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 25, 2005
It's a classic, but not as good as you might remember.
| Original Score: 3/5
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