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Based on 35 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The mischief Thornton does make adds up to wild, rowdy fun. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In a blind taste test, I couldn't possibly have identified this as a Linklater movie, and he's a filmmaker I generally like. If anything, Bad News Bears shows that Linklater can get in and out of a movie like a cat burglar, without leaving his fingerprints anywhere. OK, he's proven it. He need never do that again. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The material is so solid and Thornton so tailor-made that the movie almost gets by. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Thornton swills the Matthau role with the unslakable thirst of W.C. Fields and idiosyncratic sexuality of Johnny Depp. So this is what Bad Santa does during the off-season. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The strong script (with updated flourishes by "Bad Santa" writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa) and some of the vibrant child characters pull it through, with the comically reptilian Thornton egging them on with one inappropriate shocker after another. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Many moments of laugh-out-loud comedy. But somehow those moments never add up to a fully satisfying viewing experience. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is like a merger of his ugly drunk in "Bad Santa" and his football coach in "Friday Night Lights," yet Thornton doesn't recycle from either movie; he modulates the manic anger of the Santa and the intensity of the coach and produces a morose loser who we like better than he likes himself. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The new Bad News Bears may not make you cheer, but it should provide laughs and a good time. Isn't that what some movies are all about? show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The coach is certainly an offensive goofball, and the Bears are certainly a pack of hard-to-handle whippersnappers. But the picture's point is that surfaces don't tell the whole story about people, about teams, or about anything. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Linklater has crafted an entertaining motion picture. show more

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