Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore (1996)

In this slapstick comedy, Happy Gilmore is a lousy would-be hockey player with one redeeming quality: he has a killer slapshot. When he discovers that the IRS is planning to seize his grandmother's home, Happy has no idea how to help… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 24, 1998
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Those who enjoy Adam Sandler's schtick will find plenty to love in this gleefully juvenile take on professional golf; those who don't, however, will find it unfunny and forgettable.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

[A] one-joke Caddyshack for the blitzed and jaded.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

It may smell awful from a distance, especially if you have low tolerance for lowbrow humor, but up close this yarn about an unlikely golf star is fairly painless.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

there's still plenty of true immaturity to go around

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Brian Lowry
Variety

There are about three minutes of funny material in Happy Gilmore, and pretty much all of them are in the trailer.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

You don't feel that Sandler and director Dennis Dugan are trying for the kind of subversiveness that might just make Happy's brutal anarchy more effective.

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Alex Orner
Common Sense Media

Adolescent humor at its best/worst. Lots of profanity.

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Time Out

Superior disposable comedy.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Happy's tantrums, which the movie pretends are liberating explosions of self-expression, aren't nearly maniacal enough to reach comic delirium.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sandler's serious moments are dramatically deadly, while a little of his comedy goes a long way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
Sandler's second major starring vehicle is his riff on 1980's Caddyshack, another golf comedy. His idea of funny is to transplant the loud obnoxious… More
Eric Alvarez
Quick witted humor throughout which I really liked. It was also fast paced and straight to the point, no extra long time developing a story line. All in all, I… More
Tyler Robertson
It's sad to see where Adam Sandler is right now and compare him to what he was like in the 90's. It just makes you wonder one thing: What happened?… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] There are a lot of memorable scenes in Happy Gilmore and a few bits are full of the… More
Albert Kim
A good time, nothing more, nothing less.
Matt Goodman
To call this movie a classic is an understatement. It is, in fact, the best (if not the only decent) film with Adam Sandler as a lead. Happy Gilmore is comedy… More

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