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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 Roy's old rival Big Ern.
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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
"Kingpin makes inspired comedy by channeling the Weber spirit-and the humble reality of the circuit-through the frame of an inspirational sports movie."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"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
"...a pervasively uneven comedy that just isn't able to overcome its various deficiencies..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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 (
"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."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"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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