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In the '70s, Roy Munsen (Woody Harrelson) was a bowling phenomenon. He was none too sharp about picking friends, though, and the champion he had to beat, "Big Ern," takes him under his supposedly friendly wing. Big Ern (Bill Murray) shows him the high-living lifestyle, and induces him to go on the road with him, hustling small-town bowlers. A couple of the men he bilks take exception to the scam, and show their displeasure with Roy by mangling his hand. Twenty years later, Roy (who now has a hook in place of his hand), earns his living as a salesman. On a visit to a bowling… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With maybe 25 belly laughs, the brazenly crude Kingpin is often uproarious, but be forewarned that its creators apparently conceived it underneath a limbo bar. How looow can a funny guilty pleasure go?"
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Ends up with a seven-ten split between hilariously tasteless and just plain distasteful."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It's funny in parts in a tasteless, Farrelly Brothers way. Freedy Johnston's incidental music provides one of the 90s most pleasing scores."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
", even if most of it is based on cruelty and hardship."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The combination of the overkill factor and a basic mean-spiritedness finally sinks it for me."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Funny, outrageous, vulgar. The only bowling comedy in memory."
‑ Steve Crum,
"The Farrelly brothers funniest comedy."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"I found the sleazy comedy more tedious than watching an actual bowling match."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Crude and hilarious"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Has plenty of clever sight gags and outrageous jokes you can't help laughing at, no matter how hard you resist."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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