The Longest Yard
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One of the toughest and best-remembered sports movies of the 1970s gets a humorous makeover in this comedy. Paul "Wrecking" Crewe (Adam Sandler) was once a famous professional football player, but after several years out of the limelight and an alcohol problem have taken their toll, Crewe is arrested for a serious traffic accident aggravated by the fact he was drunk. Crewe is sentenced to Allenville Penitentiary, where Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) is something of a football fan. Hazen had organized his guards into an impressive football team, and clears a healthy profit by taking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everyone involved with this remake claims the utmost respect for Robert Aldrich's raucously funny 1974 original. So you have to wonder why they crapped all over it, starting with the casting."
‑ , Time Out
"People will go see The Longest Yard for all sorts of reasons -- its lively humor, the current of violence that's just under the surface, its message of underdog racial reconciliation, or the fact that there's no actual football to watch on TV."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Peter Segal ("Anger Management") successfully helms his third Adam Sandler project in this funny modernized retooling of Robert Aldrich's 1974 original ."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This edition of Yard has a lighter feel than the original -- well, considering it's a movie about prison inmates."
‑ Mary Lasse, Christianity Today
"The 'dumbing' down of popular media continues."
‑ Mickey Ellison,
"A Division III imitation of the original."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The pleasure is entirely like eating cake made from cake mix. It's not like you don't know how it's going to turn out, or how it tasted the last time you ate it."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A film we could live without, inspired by an original that was anything but essential."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"The new film keeps about 90% of the original story and even some of the original lines of dialogue, yet the changes it makes are all misguided."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"If you're looking for a predictable, unoriginal, mediocre offering from the good folks over at Happy Madison, rent this puppy..."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"No uplifting populism here."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"Whether it's the sight of Reynolds squeezed painfully into a football uniform or the endless footballs-to-the-crotch and tired gay jokes, The Longest Yard has the feeling of mutton dressed as lamb."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Yields the dispiriting insight that Hollywood can't even make credible rabble-rousing junk any more."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Filme poco pretencioso que no busca otra cosa que no sea entretener. No pasará a la historia, pero por lo menos es mejor de lo que parece."
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"Drama that's not dramatic enough and comedy that's not funny enough."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
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