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The Waterboy Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 10, 2010
An agreeable yet forgettable comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 12, 2009
There's an innocence to The Waterboy that makes the picture part slapstick and part fairy tale...The only problem with letting kids see this Adam Sandler movie? They might want to see another one. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
Though unabashedly goofy, this comedy also boasts some subtly ingenious moments of mirth.
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
The Waterboy is scrappy and funny and achieves its modest aim, which is to make us laugh like grade-schoolers. The doofus boy triumphs again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
The film is amiably goofy.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
It's a piece of comic fluff that has lots of laughs and appeals to the kid in us all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Sandler proved last year that he can be believable as a real person, but if he insists on playing overblown caricatures, he may not get many more chances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It ain't really thought provoking, but you can't deny it's terrific entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
John Haslett Cuff
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
As a satire on the only true religion of the American South -- football -- The Waterboy is delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
This escapist comedy is so cheerfully outlandish that it's hard to resist, and so good-hearted that it's genuinely endearing.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
January 1, 2000
A damned funny movie!
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
Sandler proves yet again that the comedic buffoon character is an effective cinematic tool for tickling the funny bone.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
There are no epic moments that will go down in comedy history here. But there's enough funny stuff to keep you amused throughout the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
It's definitely for the fans!
January 1, 2000
Good and dumb, in equal measure!
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
This one really IS moronic enough to be entertaining!
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 1, 2000
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
Dumb as his movies may be, Sandler can always make me laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
Sandler has proven himself a worthy alchemist with The Waterboy, transforming swamp water to Evian. Quite a refreshing if moronic romp. Sandler rocks!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
It appears Sandler doesn't have to be "normal" to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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