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Necessary Roughness Reviews

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
May 19, 2015
Awful '90s football story with hard hits, profanity, cliches
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark Goodman
People Magazine
January 24, 2014
Suffice it to say that Necessary Roughness is not particularly rough and is certainly not necessary.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
January 24, 2014
An American football comedy which replays all the situations and clichés from the baseball saga Major League, but with a minor-league cast and clumsy direction from Stan Dragoti.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
This gridiron comedy piles up cliches the way Notre Dame racks up yardage, with an option-variety screenplay that promiscuously pitches the story in multiple directions.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
If the movie were a farcical free-for-all ridiculing the hyper-competitive world of college football, it might be amusing. But it can never decide whether to be an athletic answer to National Lampoon's Animal House or icky-inspirational like Rocky.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 27, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
February 21, 2001
| Original Score: 54/100
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 24, 2014
For every sharp one-liner about a pampered college football team that's "so corrupt it could use its yearbook photos as mug shots," there's a brain-numbing plot development that's straight out of a desperate sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Rusnak
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 24, 2014
Too bad the lowbrow laughs were shortchanged by a tired script about misfits and loners banding together to gain a little self-respect.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 13, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
You've seen this one before and you'll see this one again -- an innocuous sports comedy about a team of losers who have to pull together to become a successful squad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"Major League" on the gridiron, if that's what you need
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
July 28, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 27, 1991
Avoid it because it's the sort of soporific cliché-fest in which every player gets exactly one measly trait, and the suspense about who's going to win the big game registers at absolute zero.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
January 24, 2014
In the end, and from the viewpoint of a country where polytechnics can barely afford books, it's hard not to identify with the dean who resents all the time and energy wasted on football in his supposed institute of learning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 24, 2014
The shameless commercialism and hypocrisy of big-time college football is a target as inviting as a receiver wide open in the end zone. But the muddled huddle that is Necessary Roughness is one long fumble strewn with offensive lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 24, 2014
As they say in football, pass.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Cue endless football montages, interspersed with a load of drivel about finding fulfilment, making real friends, and rediscovering the joys of pure sporting endeavour.
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