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Necessary Roughness Reviews

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
January 24, 2014
The film itself is a genial, slight, entirely predictable football comedy, but it serves Bakula well.
January 24, 2014
As they say in football, pass.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
January 24, 2014
An amiable comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
The movie doesn't try to pump itself up into more than it is, a good-humored entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
An infectious albeit formulaic game of Cinderella football, this happy athletic romp seems to know just how wheezy it is, but the team grunts "hut, hut," and puts it right on the numbers anyway.
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