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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Bad Words, starring Jason Bateman in a tour de force of comic wickedness, takes sinful pleasure in rubbing our noses in the toxic joys of revenge. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's tough to summon sufficiently negative language to describe the unfunny, desperate mess that is Bad Words. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    For precursors of Guy's perversity, one would have to go back to W.C. Fields, who made antic art out of his characters' abhorrence of children. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    For his directorial debut, Bateman returns to his bad-boy beginnings. And the results are predictably amusing. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Choosing it for his debut as director, Bateman demonstrates the same knack for timing and fine shadings of attitude as he does onscreen. show more

  • 68
    Jordan Hoffman

    While Bad Words is a little too dopey to take seriously, this is compensated for with a handful of truly amusing sequences. show more

  • 88
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    Bad Words is the kind of pitch-black dark comedy that makes you wince even as you give up on stifling the chuckles. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Bad Words is often very funny, thanks to Bateman’s brick-wall malevolence and screenwriter Andrew Dodge’s inventively rude dialogue. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Although the going is so sluggish at times that the film often looks like it needs artificial respiration, stick it out. The end result is oddly entertaining. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    The film is full of sharp observations about academic contests today, with Tiger Moms and tough-love Dads browbeating the kids from the wings. The ending is kind of a tap-out, but Bateman keeps this clipping along, maintaining the mean streak and potty mouth that makes Bad Words the dirtiest and funniest comedy of the new year. show more

  • April 14, 2014 aspenparkrc
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    I'm a fan of Jason Bateman, but this movie was a disappointment. A little too mean spirited toward random kids for no particular reason and not as funny as I was hoping.

  • April 13, 2014 jq00000000191684
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    For Jason Bateman's first time directing, I liked the fact that he kept the movie light hearted, while addressing a sadder truth. One criticism I have (small) is that he spoke too softly in some scenes making the punch-line delivery a little weak.

  • April 12, 2014 op00000000136223
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    This movie was halarious - start to finish. Not a bad story either. Movie critics need to be a little less pompous and get a life! It funny how certail movies are panned and are in multiple theaters in the same complexes many times a day and others are dumped in 2 weeks. This was a very good movie which got no recognition - which it well deserved.

  • April 08, 2014 loveperspective
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    I love Jason Bateman but this movie just missed the high marks with me... I cringed with the sex in the closet with an acquaintance with obvious hangups!! DON"T LOOK AT ME!! lol but anyway....He was better in Horrible Bosses...

  • April 06, 2014 Robert Gravallese
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    Again, Hollywood and critic elitists miss the boat. A great, very funny movie. I was engaged start to finish and laughed straight thru. Bateman directed this as well. He is becoming a favorite of mine. He is going places regardless of what the highbrow critics think.

  • March 30, 2014 allenmygto
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    it is a fuuny movie lots of bad words but it was great

  • March 24, 2014 ta00000000103007
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    I have never gone to a movie again the next day after seeing it, today I am returning to BIG WORDS. I think this is a wonder film. Finally a movie that gives us a plot - great direction and cast. My only problem was the bad wigs they used in the film. I laughed my ass off.

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