Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
When America's number one NASCAR speed-demon is issued a direct challenge from a gay, French Formula One racer with a hunger for the top spot and a mean talent for tight-cornering, the race is on to become the number one man in all of NASCAR in a full throttle comedy starring Will Ferrell and directed by Anchorman cohort Adam McKay. Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a national hero with a "smokin' hot" trophy wife, pair of borderline-abusively precocious sons, and an endless line of endorsement deals filling his mansion with toys and driveway with sports cars and Hummers. His racing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A comedy with horsepower to spare."
‑ Steven Snyder, TIME Magazine
"When the crazy comes, it's pretty good crazy."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"You pretty much have to like Will Ferrell to like Talladega Nights, it's his film through and through. But if you do, you're in for a ride."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"The movie takes a piecemeal approach that allows for several guffaw-inducing comic bits, but doesn't hold together enough for a sustained comic experience."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Playing to his strengths, star and co-writer Will Ferrell reaps many good comic moments early on in Adam Mckay's feature to compensate for a sluggish second half."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"Broad but not crude, dumb but not witless, clever but still snot-spittingly funny. Stupidly brilliant, in other words."
‑ , Time Out
"Essentially a string of gags loosely looped together, a set of absurd situations for the actors to clown their way through, Talladega Nights is an affable entertainment, both a celebration and a satire of lowbrow pleasures."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Often a one-note joke that goes on way too long..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The script by Ferrell and director Adam McKay, a parody of sports biopics, takes the same freewheeling approach that served them well on Anchorman, but with a more mean-spirited edge."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"i concur with everything bobby has to say about highlander"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"One of the stupidest and one of the funniest movies in Will Ferrell's career."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Talladega Nights may be brash, unbridled, even unhinged, but its cornpone humor is rich in parody, and its craftsmanship is superb."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Talladega starts out slow, picks up speed in the middle, and nearly crashes and burns in the end."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Showcases Will Ferrell's comedy genius to perfection."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"Will Ferrell and director/writing collaborator Adam McKay have carved out a comfortable comic niche in taking confidently clueless oafs and pulling the rug out from under the core of resolutely prototypical alpha male existence."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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