Bad Words Synopsis
A mean-spirited 40-year-old (Jason Bateman) exploits a loophole and enters a national spelling bee.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Bateman deserves props for sustaining Bad Words as a little balancing act between sulfurously funny hatred and humanity.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Bad Words is the kind of pitch-black dark comedy that makes you wince even as you give up on stifling the chuckles.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Choosing it for his debut as director, Bateman demonstrates the same knack for timing and fine shadings of attitude as he does onscreen.
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80

Variety

By Justin Chang
This exuberantly foul-mouthed and mean-spirited comedy goes somewhat soft in the final stretch but remains an often uproarious model of...
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The film is full of sharp observations about academic contests today, with Tiger Moms and tough-love Dads browbeating the kids from the...
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Bad Words is often very funny, thanks to Bateman’s brick-wall malevolence and screenwriter Andrew Dodge’s inventively rude dialogue.
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
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...
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's tough to summon sufficiently negative language to describe the unfunny, desperate mess that is Bad Words.
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30

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Bateman, as both director and star, digs his heels in too hard to make the movie's points, using lots of ho-hum close-ups and wriggly...
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An absolute treat

By eyebhdr
If I have to spend $14 of my hard-earned money to go the theatre to watch a movie, this is the kind of film I want to see. Bateman and newcomer Chand should both be awarded at very least a Golden...

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By gacsr2
A Very Very Funny and Well Directed Movie. Acting is Great and the Movie was a Very Very Enjoyable Movie. Whoever gave it 2.5 stars should not be a critic. My whole family came out of the movie...

Crude, bold and hilarious!

By WendiWendi
I saw this at a screening. Laughed and laughed, it was really funny and creative. Not for the kids! Jason Bateman is excellent and his little indian friend is a treasure. Must go!...

Fell flat

By Cjg1122
Thought movie poster and Stern interview were strong indicators of another hit movie like horrible bosses. I was looking forward to laughing non stop unfortunately it didn't happen. The movie fell...

Loved this movie

By cherylmittel
If you are a fan of Jason Bateman, this is a must see. And his co-star is adorable. I loved this movie and thought the storyline was very good....

Hysterical, loved it!

By shobbs333
Jason Bateman is such a good straight man! The irreverent lines flew out so fast it was hard to keep up with them. Little Indian boy was so good as was Katherine Hahn, although she didn't get to...

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By riceshaffer
I give it a 7 No more, I love Funny, This was built up to be alot funnier than it was, A little Crude, But not to Bad, It lacked something, I don't know what, But something, Most of the funny...

More than what we expected!

By megan995
Very good movies. The preview did no do it justice. Great story with some depth. Jason Bateman showed a wonderful range as did the little boy. I won't give anything away -- but I think you will be...

Bad Words raw but very good

By gypsycat1353
jason bateman just gets better & better & he is the director as well but the real star is the little boy--he steals the show. I liked it very much. some parts were a little uncomfortable but the...

Bad Words. Bad Movie.

By nyc movie maven
This is a mean-spirited, hate-filled movie, with a thin plot and cheap laughs. The biggest "jokes" are at the expense of women: really crude (and unprovoked) homophobic comments directed at Allison...

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Rated R | For Crude and Sexual Content, Brief Nudity and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Comedy best for older teens gets laughs with offbeat humor.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF