Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Reviews

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August 23, 2017
It's also a typical Ferrell vehicle, meaning it has his usual flat delivery and inside jokes. This particular style of comedy is odd, it's slow, it's kind of dumb and people seem to love it.
August 4, 2006
[Director] McKay has made another wildly uneven, PG-13-that-could-be-R comedy that veers from explosively funny, overlong improvs (a Southern-fried dinner prayer to 'Dear Baby Jesus') to black holes from which no laugh can escape.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 3, 2006
We're left ho-humming our way through one obligatory scene after another and wincing through a sting of failed gags until the next bit comes along that tickles our funny bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 4, 2006
This mildly crude yet oddly tame tale about a NASCAR hotshot who burns rubber to the top of the pole before having a speedway blowout runs on underinflated tires.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 3, 2007
The disappointment of this movie is not that we don't see enough of Will Ferrell. It's disappointing because what we do see, we've seen before, and better.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 3, 2006
Now and then, the movie allows you to relax into its brand of stupid-smart comedy. The rest of the time your shoulders scrunch up and ask the eternal question: Why is this routine not quite working?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 4, 2006
Excuse the viewers if they fall asleep at the wheel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2006
The movie looks really good, especially the NASCAR racing action, but it never quite fulfills the promise of Anchorman.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 9, 2006
Product Prostitution. Disgraceful with an Applebee's commercial smack in the middle. Ferrell has product names written on his forehead. And, it's a bore.
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August 14, 2006
Ferrell turns the sophistication way down to a sub-Adam Sandler level to make a dumb is as dumb does satire of the NASCAR circuit. Well, it's an attempt at satire, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
April 21, 2009
The movie takes a piecemeal approach that allows for several guffaw-inducing comic bits, but doesn't hold together enough for a sustained comic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 4, 2006
Ferrell and his writing partner Adam McKay (who also directs, as he did Anchorman) are utterly without shame in their eagerness to recycle old ideas. This pair could make a blue box jealous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 4, 2006
Like the sport it spoofs, the movie has its thrilling moments but mostly feels repetitive -- it's constantly moving but never really goes anywhere.
Read More | Original Score: C+
April 29, 2009
Often a one-note joke that goes on way too long...
September 23, 2006
There are laughs to be had within Talladega Nights but they're certainly not worth the money a trip to the cinema will surely cost.
| Original Score: 2/5
August 4, 2006
By so often falling back on Ferrell's no-holds-barred foolishness, Talladega Nights seems to be driving in circles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2006
Silly, squealing spoof of dopey daredevils who clearly have a few lug nuts loose.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 4, 2006
The laughs come and go, but Ferrell makes NASCAR his bitch funny. Funnier. And more fun. And then the fun skids to a stop.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 31, 2006
The film plays like an episode of Saturday Night Live, with the same character tying together various sketches poking fun at Southerners, psychosomatic diseases, NASCAR fans, people who pray, product placement, the French, and sports movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 3, 2006
A whole bunch of great racing footage would've ratcheted up Nights a notch or two -- see Cars for inspiration -- but even the track scenes are ... well, pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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