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  • Summary: Grizzled former professional baseball player Morris Buttermaker (Thornton) is recruited by a strait-laced lawyer (Harden) to coach the Bears, a woefully inept Little League team. He's got to find a way to drive this gang of 12 misfits to a championship against their hated rivals: the Yankees and their overbearing coach (Kinnear). From the director that brought you "School of Rock" working with the writing team behind "Bad Santa" comes a hilarious 2005 homage to an irreverent 1976 comedy: "Bad News Bears." (Paramount Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. New-era losers (the cast is a cheery scrum of relaxed kids, led by genuine whiz pitcher Sammi Kane Kraft in the role created by Tatum O'Neal) now include a rotten kid in a wheelchair.
  2. Matthau was merely worthless, while Thornton, God bless his soul, rises to the actual level of sociopathic. I love it when that happens.
  3. A straightforward, surprisingly faithful and definitely loving adaptation of the original.
  4. Fortunately almost everyone acquits himself coolly and admirably; only costars Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden ham it up.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    63
    Sure, it's a pleasure to watch Thornton stretch his legs in Matthau's role, but I miss Tatum O'Neal as his firebrand daughter.
  6. In a blind taste test, I couldn't possibly have identified this as a Linklater movie, and he's a filmmaker I generally like. If anything, Bad News Bears shows that Linklater can get in and out of a movie like a cat burglar, without leaving his fingerprints anywhere. OK, he's proven it. He need never do that again.
  7. The year's least necessary and most unimaginative remake slogs half-heartedly to its pre-destined conclusion without making a ripple.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Sep 24, 2013
    6
    Bad News Bears is mildly entertaining, at best. It is definitely not Linklater's best film, and probably his worst. But, Linklater's worst, is any average director' best. Expand

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