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The classic Burt Reynolds football-behind-bars flick The Longest Yard crosses the pond and gets an appropriate British accent in the process in this rough-and-tumble mixture of sports and action-comedy. Danny Mehan (Vinnie Jones) was one of the biggest stars in British football (what Americans call soccer), until he was caught rigging a game during a championship tournament. In the wake of this scandal, Danny's career takes a nosedive and his life spins out of control, until he finally ends up in prison for three years on an assault and battery conviction. Danny discovers there are a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Holds its ground as a mid-budget Hollywood knockoff."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"Another incomprehensible trash explosion from the Guy Ritchie school of cinematic slugfests."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"By the final whistle you're convinced that this Mean Machine was a decent TV outing that just doesn't have big screen magic."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"La cinta comienza intentando ser un drama, rápidamente se transforma en una comedia y termina por ser una parodia absolutamente predecible"
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
"There's just something about watching a squad of psychopathic underdogs whale the tar out of unsuspecting lawmen that reaches across time and distance."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"A likably energetic star vehicle for English sports god Vinnie Jones."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's mildly entertaining, especially if you find comfort in familiarity. But it's hardly a necessary enterprise."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"On its own, it's not very interesting. As a remake, it's a pale imitation."
‑ David Cornelius,
"The whole affair is as predictable as can be."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Recapitulates Yard by eliminating the personality of the original, without adding a personality of its own."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"It's still a hoot, sports cliches, prison movie cliches and all."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Dramatically lackluster."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Some of the acting is average, the direction is below average at times, and the writing is way below average most of the time."
‑ John Venable,
"The scriptwriters are no less a menace to society than the film's characters."
‑ Andrew Howe,
"An even more predictable, cliche-ridden endeavor than its predecessor."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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