Bad News Bears
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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: 48%

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"The best reason to see Richard Linklater's wholly unnecessary but highly enjoyable remake of The Bad News Bears is Billy Bob Thornton, who's doing a PG-13 version of his Bad Santa."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"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
"It's no Bad Santa, but it's fun."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Even if you never saw the original Bad News Bears, you've probably seen this movie. You know, the one where the reluctant coach pulls together the ragtag bunch of misfits and teaches them important lessons about teamwork."
‑ Tom Szaroleta, Florida Times-Union
"Thornton [knocks] every one-liner out of the park with the free rein Linklater allows him, though a picked-up pace would've been welcome."
‑ , Total Film
"Fortunately almost everyone acquits himself coolly and admirably."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Billy Bob Thornton is the best weapon against cute that a kid baseball movie ever had."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Having cast a knowing eye on teen debauchery in Dazed and Confused and coaxed a stellar performance out of Jack Black in School of Rock, the director is just the man to launch a surprise spitwad attack in the current culture wars."
‑ Michael Hastings, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Linklater's spirit is true: Practice still unfolds to the waltz of Carmen. Sentiment is avoided at all costs."
‑ Christopher Borrelli, Toledo Blade
"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, ComingSoon.net
"Billy Bob Thornton has proven he can do pretty much anything, but he simply does not look haggard, washed-up or miserable enough to be a believable Morris Buttermaker, the role Walter Matthau immortalized."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"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
"If you're looking for another Adam Sandler/Jack Black comic masterpiece, this isn't it. It is, though, Billy Bob Thornton at his best, dropping analogies that would make a Hooters waitress blush."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"Director Richard Linklater has wisely stayed with the structure of the 1976 classic (with Walter Matthau in the Butterworth role) but populated it with dialogue from Bad Santa's Glenn Ficarra and John Requa."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"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, ColeSmithey.com
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