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The Benchwarmers
For anyone who's ever been picked on, put down or pushed around, your heroes are here! Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) star as three older guys who know what it's like to be bullied. After catching some nasty neighborhood kids picking on a friend's son, they strike back by forming a three-man baseball team to challenge the state's best youth teams. Now, cheered on by every nerd, geek, and misfit in town, these underdogs are about to have a field day in this slapstick hit comedy from the director of Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore and producer Adam… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Just when the baseball slapstick starts wearing thin, a final-reel gush of truly cynical sentiment on behalf of the physically challenged sends the ordeal-factor off the scale."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The three losers play a series of Little League teams, snatching victory from the jaws of slapstick humiliation."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Stupidity this epic can only be the deliberate work of cynical opportunists."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"...ultimately nothing more than a silly, egregiously sentimental comedy..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The Benchwarmers is better than it should have been. Only, that's not saying much."
‑ David Mattin,
"It's hard to buy the movie as an underdog success story, since even the actors barely seem to exert themselves."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, L.A. Weekly
"Schneider winds up playing straight man to Spade, who once again relies on his snarky coward shtick, and Heder, who comes across like someone doing a bad imitation of ... well, Heder himself in Napoleon Dynamite."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"In the last line of the film, as the final credits thankfully disappear, Richie casually says "that was a waste of time wasn't it?" Yes. Definitely."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"You won't know whether to roll your eyes or smile like a fool, but you will know you've been entertained."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Even Jon Lovitz with a Batmobile, a dwarf attack in a playroom, and David Spade's best wig ever can't save this mawkish misfire."
‑ Damon Wise, Empire Magazine
"Like pretty much everything else bearing Happy Madison's name, The Benchwarmers kind of sucks."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"It's a movie packed with so many idiot characters that Rob Schneider is cast as the cool guy -- and sort of pulls it off."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"It doesn't take a genius to work out what's on offer: toilet humour, physical comedy, more toilet humour and an Americans-do-it-best schmaltzy climax."
‑ Matt Wilkinson, Film4
"...there was actually a small smattering of applause when the movie ended. Whether they were clapping for the film or just the fact that it was finally over will have to remain a mystery."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Unfunny, badly thought out and occasionally downright offensive, this is an extremely poor effort, even by the standards of other Rob Schneider movies."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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