75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
An entertaining family movie, and may serve a useful purpose if it inspires kids to overthrow their coaches and take over their own sports.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
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.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Kicking & Screaming may be a prefab cartoon out of the "Bad News Bears" cookie cutter, but Ferrell doesn't just save this junk -- he rules it.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
For soccer aficionados, Kicking & Screaming boasts some fairly cool play, courtesy of Alessandro Ruggiero and Francesco Liotti, two kids who play "the Italians."
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It would have been nice if someone had included a script, too.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Even a soccer-savvy audience has better things to do - like instilling unsportsmanlike behavior in their kids or sabotaging rival teams.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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25

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A good script is the most essential ingredient for a good movie. Hiring a comedian isn't enough.
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45 out of 100
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