Kingpin (1996)

Before losing his hand to some angry bowlers he scammed, Roy was a bowling phenomenon. Twenty years later, Roy takes a gifted Amish bowler under his wing, and -- in a comic series of raunchy adventures -- they go on a mission to beat… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kingpin has its moments, but they're often offset by an eagerness to descend into vulgar mean-spiritedness.

Mike Clark
USA Today

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?

Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Kingpin makes inspired comedy by channeling the Weber spirit-and the humble reality of the circuit-through the frame of an inspirational sports movie.

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Rob Gonsalves

Ends up with a seven-ten split between hilariously tasteless and just plain distasteful.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a pervasively uneven comedy that just isn't able to overcome its various deficiencies...

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The combination of the overkill factor and a basic mean-spiritedness finally sinks it for me.

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Steve Crum

Funny, outrageous, vulgar. The only bowling comedy in memory.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's Bill Murray who easily swipes the picture -- he's at his unctuous best as Ernie McCracken, an oily bowler with an ego as enormous as his libido.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I found the sleazy comedy more tedious than watching an actual bowling match.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Crude and hilarious

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Farrelly Brothers have made some very memorable comedies. Dumb & Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Me, Myself & Irene to name a few.… More
Anthony Lawrie
I?m not a big fan of the Farrelly Brothers but It does have its funny bits all thanks to a good cast! It?s one of their better films.
MisterYoda ?
how this film can be rated any less than a ten is beyond me. the tragic character of Roy Munson is genius in itself but the true golden star of this film is… More
danny d
a little crude at points for my taste, but hilarious all the same and worth the viewing.
Conner Rainwater
I've never been a huge fan of this movie, but it's not terrible. I just wasn't crazy about the plot and I think the Farrelly Brothers just went… More
Tim Salmons
An early Farrelly Bros effort, this one has a rather unique comedy storyline.