Ping Pong Playa - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Ping Pong Playa Reviews

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Leo Goldsmith
August 8, 2009
Mostly a little shrewder about stereotypes than your typical slacker comedy, deriving its edge from Yu and Tsai's mining of the cultural specificity of Asian-America for laughs
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 15, 2009
One way to break down cultural walls is assimilation, and that's where Ping Pong Playa has its dubious triumph: it's just about as generic as the next 'loser makes good by coaching kids' comedy...[Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
January 16, 2009
An endless stream of near-misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 12, 2008
Ace documentarian Jessica Yu's fictional feature debut ... is mostly funny and often cute, but it suffers a bit in comparison to the very similar Foot Fist Way ...
Jeff Wong
Film Threat
November 4, 2008
Overall the movie was enjoyable but not amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
November 1, 2008
Gently pokes fun at model minority and athletic stereotypes, but gets repetitive and wears thin before the engaging plot finally kicks into gear.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.
| Original Score: 3/4
Monika Bartyzel
September 29, 2008
If you go into Ping Pong Playa' expecting a light, predictable comedy, it would be hard to come out unsatisfied.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 12, 2008
Ping Pong Playa falters on formula only occasionally, but otherwise remains a consistently agreeable romp that strikes just the right chord of ironic sentimentally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 11, 2008
Asian-American cinema breaks out of its identity crisis with a comedy that is competitive with the American standard while addressing social and cultural issues particular to minority audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 11, 2008
There's no resisting the movie's antic affability or its irreverence, even with Chris's unavoidable progression toward the mature appreciation of his roots.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2008
The movie doesn't take its broad, jokey premise terribly far, but it manages to sustain a goofy-sweet comic energy and offers sly observations about assimilation, sibling rivalry and the art of competitive maternal bragging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 5, 2008
A decidedly lightweight amusement, the first comedy from documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu is the sort of movie that works best if you keep your expectations low.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 5, 2008
A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2008
The result is has a certain silly, kid-friendly charm, and Yu astutely chose to clean up C-Dog's profane language by 'bleeping' the harsher bits with the sound of a bouncing basketball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 5, 2008
Interest in Playa lies in the fact that director Jessica Yu is a documentarian with a daring taste in subjects. Yet in her first non-doc feature, she plays it safe; even the championship showdown feels polite.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
September 5, 2008
Very broad humor and sloppy storytelling pave the way to a requisite Rocky ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
September 5, 2008
There's a deeper, touching acknowledgment of braggadocio as persona, how the commodified dissent of hip-hop lends itself to masking insecurities.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Diva Velez
September 4, 2008
Bright and hilarious, Ping Pong Playa is a so-silly-it's-smart comedy starring Jimmy Tsai, whose uproarious cinematic id, C-dub, is a character I would be happy to watch for many sequels to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 4, 2008
A fleet-footed, featherweight comedy riddled with cliches, but nonetheless charming and winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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