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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
Score distribution:
  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
    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. David
    Jul 23, 2005
    The Baltimore Sun needs a lobotomy if it continues to retain Michael Scragow as its professional reviewer for films. This guy has never been right yet. He gave Gone With The Wind a score of 40 but loved Benifer and Madonna in their forgotten duds...Whatever he says it is the other way around. Mark my words in that Bears will now be a box office smash. Earth to MS: We want Billy Bob Thonton to play a similar character as he did in Bad Santa. That is his schtick and the appeal. Too funny. Expand
  2. Sep 24, 2013
    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
  3. DanC.
    Dec 18, 2005
    The original is simply better. Thorton is quite good (as expected), but someone of the caliber of Tatum O'Neil is sorely missing as Amanda. The kids and the context seemed so much more real in the original movie. Here, they're a pretty bland bunch, except for Tanner (who hits all the right notes) and the new Ogilvie, now an Indian-American whiz kid with the same awkward intellectual charm. Worth seeing, but the original is much more worth seeking out. Collapse
  4. ScottH
    Jan 4, 2006
    Fairly entertaining, but the the girl is quite annoying, and none of the kids seem their age in looks or behavior.
  5. GrantN.
    Jan 17, 2006
    I never thought that Richard Linklater would stoop to these levels. School of Rock was a main-stream comedy but a great one that avoided most comedy cliches. Bad News Bears does not. Billy Bob Thorton is good as the coach but the audience will have nothing but contempt for him. A large step down from both Linklaters last and Thortons last. Expand
  6. spongeee
    Dec 18, 2005
    Dont remake a classic!

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