Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Reviews

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July 31, 2008
A comedy with horsepower to spare.
Top Critic
September 23, 2006
Broad but not crude, dumb but not witless, clever but still snot-spittingly funny. Stupidly brilliant, in other words.
September 23, 2006
An inane parody of a triumphalist celebration of all-American sporting heroism.
September 23, 2006
Much like its star, Talladega Nights is erratic, infuriating and very, very funny.
September 22, 2006
Ferrell and Reilly display a genuine feel for their characters, as well as an appealing rapport.
August 7, 2006
One of the stupidest and one of the funniest movies in Will Ferrell's career.
August 5, 2006
When the crazy comes, it's pretty good crazy.
August 4, 2006
Essentially a string of gags loosely looped together, a set of absurd situations for the actors to clown their way through, Talladega Nights is an affable entertainment, both a celebration and a satire of lowbrow pleasures.
August 4, 2006
Talladega Nights may be brash, unbridled, even unhinged, but its cornpone humor is rich in parody, and its craftsmanship is superb.
August 4, 2006
Though the movie about a moronic NASCAR racer overall is uneven and Ricky Bobby's saga lacks focus, the stupid-comical banter and the lampooning of this particular brand of car racing proves entertaining.
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.
August 4, 2006
The hilarious everyman riffs and contagious fun are reason enough to fuel up on such a wonderfully throwaway gag-fest.
August 4, 2006
Talladega Nights is very funny at times, even if the Ballad part mostly boils down to a series of comedy sketches connected by a recurring character.
August 4, 2006
The picture gets a bit long near the finish. But comedies live and die on the basis of their laugh quotient, and Talladega Nights gets its share.
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.
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.
August 4, 2006
Ferrell reteams with director Adam McKay (Anchorman) for another gleefully trashy comedy.
August 4, 2006
Whoo, mama: Will Ferrell and NASCAR do make a purty pair. They go together like peanut butter and fried bananas in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
August 4, 2006
Like a 30-car pileup on the high banks at Daytona, you can't take your eyes off this mess, and it is a rambunctious entertainment.
August 4, 2006
'What does diablo mean?' 'It's like Spanish for fighting chicken.' If you cracked so much as a shell of a smile reading that, then run, don't walk, to see Talladega Nights, where you will get an entire year's worth of equally irresistible nonsense.
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