83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
New-era losers (the cast is a cheery scrum of relaxed kids, led by genuine whiz pitcher Sammi Kane Kraft in the role created by Tatum O'Neal) now include a rotten kid in a wheelchair.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
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.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
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?
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The mischief Thornton does make adds up to wild, rowdy fun.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Many moments of laugh-out-loud comedy. But somehow those moments never add up to a fully satisfying viewing experience.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The remake is stranded between pushing the scatological envelope and caving in to the formulas the 1976 movie established, and until the well-nigh foolproof ending, it comes up gasping for air.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The material is so solid and Thornton so tailor-made that the movie almost gets by.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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