Kingpin (1996)

In the '70s, Roy Munsen (Woody Harrelson) was a bowling phenomenon. He was none too sharp about picking friends, though, and the champion he had to beat, "Big Ern," takes him under his supposedly friendly wing. Big Ern (Bill… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 26, 1996
DVD Release Date: April 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kingpin has its moments, but they're often offset by an eagerness to descend into vulgar mean-spiritedness.

Mike Clark
USA Today

With maybe 25 belly laughs, the brazenly crude Kingpin is often uproarious, but be forewarned that its creators apparently conceived it underneath a limbo bar. How looow can a funny guilty pleasure go?

Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Kingpin makes inspired comedy by channeling the Weber spirit-and the humble reality of the circuit-through the frame of an inspirational sports movie.

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Rob Gonsalves

Ends up with a seven-ten split between hilariously tasteless and just plain distasteful.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a pervasively uneven comedy that just isn't able to overcome its various deficiencies...

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The combination of the overkill factor and a basic mean-spiritedness finally sinks it for me.

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Steve Crum

Funny, outrageous, vulgar. The only bowling comedy in memory.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's Bill Murray who easily swipes the picture -- he's at his unctuous best as Ernie McCracken, an oily bowler with an ego as enormous as his libido.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I found the sleazy comedy more tedious than watching an actual bowling match.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Crude and hilarious

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Farrelly Brothers have made some very memorable comedies. Dumb & Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Me, Myself & Irene to name a few.… More
danny d
a little crude at points for my taste, but hilarious all the same and worth the viewing.
MisterYoda ?
how this film can be rated any less than a ten is beyond me. the tragic character of Roy Munson is genius in itself but the true golden star of this film is… More
Tim Salmons
An early Farrelly Bros effort, this one has a rather unique comedy storyline.
Conner Rainwater
I've never been a huge fan of this movie, but it's not terrible. I just wasn't crazy about the plot and I think the Farrelly Brothers just went… More
Eric S
Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, and Bill Murray are brilliant in this film about the journey of a has-been bowler.