Semi-Tough (1977)

Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson star as two pro-football pals who both fall for the team-owner's very rich daughter. Kind of goofy, kind of funny, and somewhat endearing--those are the qualities that surface in this light-hearted… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 18, 1977
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Well supplied with both raunchy humor and star appeal, particularly in the person of Burt Reynolds, the film seems certain to become a crowd-pleaser.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Semi-Tough pokes fun in rambling fashion, but it is vulgar in intelligent ways and almost always amusing in its perceptions of befuddled people who are perfectly healthy but often convinced they're not.

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Burt Reynolds does what he's best at in a lightweight rom-com with some good one-liners, but it's the parodies of the self-improvement culture that really make the film watchable.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Semi-Tough may or may not turn out to be the year's best comedy -- there's Annie Hall to remember and Mel Brooks yet to be heard from -- but it is without a doubt the year's most socially useful film.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A delightful, gentle satire on the American ideal of winning, which also takes broad but often hilarious swipes at fashionable health fads.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

The humour is largely knockabout stuff, but director Michael Ritchie slips in some sly satiric jabs at the commercialisation of American sport.

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Variety Staff

Semi-Tough begins as a bawdy and lively romantic comedy about slap happy pro football players, then slows down to a too-inside putdown of contemporary self-help programs.

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TV Guide

Set against the backdrop of professional football, Semi-Tough is both a three-cornered romantic comedy and a scathing satire of self-help movements.

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Flixster Audience Score: 30% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Glib, slick and self-righteous, Semi-Tuff romanticizes two football heroes, both self-obsessed (but in different ways) and critical of all who aren't… More
Sean Gillespie
This film pokes fun at the self-help, empowerment movements of the 1970's more than anything else. I never saw what the big deal with Jill Clayburgh was.… More