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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Not only not funny, it's unfunny. It kills humor. Sit in a room by yourself, look at a blank screen for 90 minutes, and you'll have more of a chance of laughing at your own thoughts than you will at this movie. show more

  • 25
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A good script is the most essential ingredient for a good movie. Hiring a comedian isn't enough. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This is little more than a big-budget sitcom, with a guest appearance by Mike Ditka, who plays an unfunny version of himself as Phil's assistant coach. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    For soccer aficionados, Kicking & Screaming boasts some fairly cool play, courtesy of Alessandro Ruggiero and Francesco Liotti, two kids who play "the Italians." show more

  • 38
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Even a soccer-savvy audience has better things to do - like instilling unsportsmanlike behavior in their kids or sabotaging rival teams. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Laughs-wise, it lacks the raucous edge of an "Old School" or "Anchorman" or the retro charm of an "Elf," but there's still plenty of Will-power to fuel this likable underdog trifle. It certainly is more enjoyable than a lot of what passes for family entertainment these days. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An entertaining family movie, and may serve a useful purpose if it inspires kids to overthrow their coaches and take over their own sports. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Some scenes are just silly, others are dead-on uproarious. Ditka, a real-life football legend, is a real find as our hero's assistant. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Ferrell's ideally suited to man-boy characters, and that's what Phil Weston is in "Kicking." show more

  • 63
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    It's Ferrell who is the vehicle, a mow-you-down comic engine, and everyone else is just along for the ride in this marginally effective, starkly unoriginal family comedy. show more

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