Bad News Bears
Bad News Bears (2005)

A washed-up ballplayer is put in charge of a pack of kids scarcely more mature than himself in this remake of the 1976 comedy hit. Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) is a former major league baseball player whose career and life has… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 22, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This too-faithful remake aims low for laughs, turning off the easily offendable; despite another lovably irascible contribution by Thornton, it lacks the ensemble strength and originality of the 1976 version.

David Edelstein

The best reason to see Richard Linklater's wholly unnecessary but highly enjoyable remake of The Bad News Bears is Billy Bob Thornton, who's doing a PG-13 version of his Bad Santa.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

There are many lingerings over communal feelings other directors might pass through more quickly to get to the next giggle or guffaw more efficiently.

Peter Bradshaw

It's no Bad Santa, but it's fun.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Fortunately almost everyone acquits himself coolly and admirably.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Billy Bob Thornton is the best weapon against cute that a kid baseball movie ever had.

Michael Hastings
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Having cast a knowing eye on teen debauchery in Dazed and Confused and coaxed a stellar performance out of Jack Black in School of Rock, the director is just the man to launch a surprise spitwad attack in the current culture wars.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Billy Bob Thornton has proven he can do pretty much anything, but he simply does not look haggard, washed-up or miserable enough to be a believable Morris Buttermaker, the role Walter Matthau immortalized.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

More irksome is the ordained focus on plot undulation and simplistic motivation, as if nobody remembered that the first film was a social satire.

Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

If you're looking for another Adam Sandler/Jack Black comic masterpiece, this isn't it. It is, though, Billy Bob Thornton at his best, dropping analogies that would make a Hooters waitress blush.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This remake is better than I expected, and, even though it's Linklater, I really wasn't expecting much. Morris Buttermaker is a washed-up boozy… More
Lady D'arbanville
I love the naughty side of Billy Bob and that seems to come out in films with kids, Bad Santa, Mr Woodcock .... and this one is no different. Yes this is… More
Alex roy
I enjoyed this remake of Bad News Bears, although not as memorable as the original, this film still has plenty of enjoyable crazy moments. The cast do a pretty… More
EightThirty .
27/03/2010 (TELEVISION) Little kids with big mouths, a drunk for a mentor and a hopeless, 'oh my gosh' hopeless team. Its just the usual, 'We… More
Jim Careter
It was a good try and Thorton did a really great job as coach, but in the end its not as good as the original.
Lenny Muggsy
Child actors aren't cool like they were in the glory days. As Bruce Springsteen gets older, child actors get worse. This remake was plain awful, one of… More