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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The laughs come and go, but Ferrell makes NASCAR his bitch funny. Funnier. And more fun. And then the fun skids to a stop. You know how it goes: Plot gets in the way. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is a decidedly blue-state take on a red-state phenomenon. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Like "Anchorman," the secret to the inspired absurdity of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is in the improv. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Talladega Nights may be brash, unbridled, even unhinged, but its cornpone humor is rich in parody, and its craftsmanship is superb -- smart writing, shrewd direction, precisely calibrated performances (whether the calibration calls for delicacy or broad-gauge burlesque), inventive language, inspired silliness and all-but-flawless timing. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The British star of "Ali G" fame plays Ricky Bobby's arch-nemesis. His name: Jean Girard. His provenance: France. His sponsor: Perrier. Speaking through a set of nasty-looking, tightly clenched teeth in the faux-est of faux French accents, Cohen is hilarious. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Reilly can play nuts, too, and in a lower gear that reins Ferrell in. They're a great team. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    From its pitch-perfect title through just about every detail, this sendup of sports-triumph movies maintains the right parodic pitch, if not always the highest mph on the laugh speedometer. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    For the first half-hour or so, this thing works like white lightning. show more

  • 75
    Angel Cohn TV Guide

    Those who appreciate Ferrell's sense of humor will be utterly entertained by his efforts to kick it into high gear. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    We are treated to the riotous, almost David Lynchian moment in which Ferrell runs around a motorway in his undies screaming that he's on fire. He's not. Actually, come to think of it: He is. show more

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