The Bad News Bears
The Bad News Bears (1976)

The success this underdog comedy from director Michael Ritchie almost single-handedly spawned the kids' sports film boom of the 1980s and '90s. When beer-breathed ex-minor-league ball player and professional pool cleaner Morris… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 7, 1976
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Bad News Bears is rude, profane, and cynical, but shot through with honest, unforced humor, and held together by a deft, understated performance from Walter Matthau.

Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

Surprisingly, improbably, The Bad News Bears is the year's funniest movie.

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Time Out

Amiably engrossing satire on the 'win ethic' that offers a take-it-or-leave-it approach to its serious points about enforcing precociousness on kids, but consistently delights with its panoramic comic invention.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The emotional complexity of this subtext gives the film a gravity and resonance that belies the simplicity of the story

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Michael Ritchie keeps his dead-end cynicism in check and produces a genuinely funny comedy about a Little League team managed by a lovably drunken Walter Matthau.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Ritchie] keeps the sentimentality in check most of the time and obtains first-rate performers from his miniature cast all of the time.

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Jason Caro
Radio Times

A small winner.

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Variety Staff

An extremely funny adult-child comedy film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[Ritchie] directs scenes for comedy even in the face of his disturbing material and that makes the movie all the more effective; sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we can't, and the movie's working best when we're silent.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Rife with every non-politically-correct social tic that '70s America had to offer, "The Bad News Bears" (1976) is a sports comedy that serves as a cultural benchmark.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
I swear that it is purely coincidental that I happen to watch this merely a day after watching its remake. And honestly, that might not have been such a good… More
Jim Careter
Haha, I really liked this movie. It was the perfect comedy.
Spencer S.
One of the classic examples of sports movies, for its time "Bad News Bears" was vulgar, petty, and included obvious misfits. Baseball films… More
Aj V
A classic baseball movie, I love the ending. This movie has that 70s realistic quality, it's both dramatic and funny too. I really like it.
Alex roy
The Bad News Bears is one of the classic baseball comedies. With a great cast of actors, director Michael Ritchie directs a fun film that is very funny. The Bad… More
Lenny Muggsy
Setting the stage for great child-oriented sports' comedies that are funny to everyone like the Mighty Ducks and The Sandlot.