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Bad News Bears (2005)
A washed-up ballplayer is put in charge of a pack of kids scarcely more mature than himself in this remake of the 1976 comedy hit. Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) is a former major league baseball player whose career and life has hit the skids thanks to his overwhelming fondness for booze and women. Needing a break, his lawyer (Marcia Gay Harden) arranges for Buttermaker to take on coaching responsibilities for the Bears, a Little League baseball team comprised of a handful of hapless losers. As Buttermaker tries to groom his young charges into a winning team, he also gives them a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are many lingerings over communal feelings other directors might pass through more quickly to get to the next giggle or guffaw more efficiently."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"At least Linklater isn't just picking the bones of his forebears; he honors them as they deserve."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Thornton is the real reason to watch. He plays most of his scenes with an understated unrepentant scumbaggishsness that makes him easy to simultaneously hate and like. It's a tricky balance to pull off, but he manages it well."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"There are worse ways to spend an afternoon."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"...what should've been a fun and breezy comedy is ultimately transformed into an incredibly tedious ordeal..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Billy Bob Thornton is the best weapon against cute that a kid baseball movie ever had."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Fortunately, in the process of pursuing a box office winner, Linklater has crafted an entertaining motion picture."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Linklater's "Bad News Bears" doesn't approach the giddy comedy of Ritchie's original, but it does inspire an attentive contemplation on the similarities and differences between adults and children in approaching the game of life."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Bad News Bears is packed with laughs, but almost all of them are cheaply won"
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"Ainda que esquemático, gera boas risadas graças à dinâmica entre Thornton e o elenco infantil."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"More irksome is the ordained focus on plot undulation and simplistic motivation, as if nobody remembered that the first film was a social satire."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"But you don't watch Bad News Bears for the action out on the diamond. You hang out with that hangdog coach so you can catch every slurry, sour-mouthed retort coming out of his mouth. Now that's color commentary."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Linklater's directorial prowess can not be argued, but "Bad News Bears" just isn't good enough to watch again..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"I'm not sure why filmmakers think we want to see kids put into dark situations and berated with profanities by Billy Bob Thornton."
‑ Todd Hertz, Christianity Today
"Too tame to attract now middle-aged viewers who remember the original and want to see Billy Bob Thornton play it like Bad Santa, it's still a little too raunchy to secure parental approval for pre-highschoolers."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
More reviews for Bad News Bears (2005) on Rotten Tomatoes

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