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Semi-Tough Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
January 25, 2008
Semi-Tough begins as a bawdy and lively romantic comedy about slap happy pro football players, then slows down to a too-inside putdown of contemporary self-help programs.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
July 12, 2002
The humour is largely knockabout stuff, but director Michael Ritchie slips in some sly satiric jabs at the commercialisation of American sport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 25, 2008
A delightful, gentle satire on the American ideal of winning, which also takes broad but often hilarious swipes at fashionable health fads.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 22, 2016
Semi-Tough may or may not turn out to be the year's best comedy -- there's Annie Hall to remember and Mel Brooks yet to be heard from -- but it is without a doubt the year's most socially useful film.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
January 25, 2008
Semi-Tough pokes fun in rambling fashion, but it is vulgar in intelligent ways and almost always amusing in its perceptions of befuddled people who are perfectly healthy but often convinced they're not.
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
August 22, 2016
Well supplied with both raunchy humor and star appeal, particularly in the person of Burt Reynolds, the film seems certain to become a crowd-pleaser.

Film4
January 25, 2008
Burt Reynolds does what he's best at in a lightweight rom-com with some good one-liners, but it's the parodies of the self-improvement culture that really make the film watchable.

TV Guide
January 25, 2008
Set against the backdrop of professional football, Semi-Tough is both a three-cornered romantic comedy and a scathing satire of self-help movements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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