Slap Shot
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Paul Newman plays Reggie Dunlop, the coach of a pathetic minor-league American hockey team. His career at a standstill and his marriage in tatters, Dunlop has nothing to lose by taking on a new group of players who are one evolutionary step above Neanderthals. Only when the team begins winning does he decide to get behind these players, and to encourage the rest of the team to play as down-and-dirty as the newcomers. Straight-arrow team member Ned Braden (Michael Ontkean) resents this influx of gonzo talent, preferring to play clean. As the film's multitude of subplots play themselves out,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Slap Shot may have done a lot of fast skating and some solid body checking, but in the last period it makes a final costly slip -- and misses its goal."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Half the time Hill invites the audience to get off on the mayhem, the other half of the time he decries it."
‑ , Variety
""Slap Shot" is a sports movie that revels in details of milieu, plot and character. Smokestacks billow white plumes from a perpetually overcast industrial skyline. Everything is old and weather beaten. Every victory is tainted."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This film is full of friendly slap shots, romantic icing, and passionate goals. It's well worth checking out."
‑ Patrick Byrne, Apollo Guide
"Pushed the puck for nudity and language of its time."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"There are still some nice touches of absurdist satirical wit hanging out along the sidelines, given extra bite by Dede Allen's superbly pacy editing."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Its moral pretenses left me cold."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An unsually abrasive sporting drama from director Hill."
‑ , Film4
"Funny, frank, and violent, George Roy Hill's absorbing film about minor league hockey offers a wonderful comic performance from Newman."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Best sports movie ever. Period."
‑ Sarah Chauncey,
"Slap Shot has a kind of vitality to it that overwhelms most of the questions relating to consistency of character and point of view."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Often raucously funny and subversive, Slap Shot is one of the few sports movies that is openly contemptuous of its sport, or at least the modern state of it."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Raw, raunchy, and absolutely hilarious."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The quintessential hockey flick"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Fingindo criticar a glorificação da violência e sua utilização como espetáculo, o filme comete os mesmos erros que supostamente condena."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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