80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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75

New York Post

For the first half-hour or so, this thing works like white lightning.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is a decidedly blue-state take on a red-state phenomenon.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Reilly can play nuts, too, and in a lower gear that reins Ferrell in. They're a great team.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The races are scorchingly shot, and they lend the movie a zest.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Like "Anchorman," the secret to the inspired absurdity of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is in the improv.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
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.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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66 out of 100
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