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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 YankeesGrizzled 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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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. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Wholly unnecessary but highly enjoyable.
  3. Filled with small, cute kids and large, goofy laughs and buoyed by fine supporting work from Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden, the director's latest effort won't rock your movie world, but the fact that he manages to keep the freak flag flying in the face of our culture of triumphalism is a thing of beauty.
  4. Fortunately almost everyone acquits himself coolly and admirably; only costars Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden ham it up.
  5. Reviewed by: Brad Wheeler
    63
    It falls short of the original but surpasses its sequels.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    The material is so solid and Thornton so tailor-made that the movie almost gets by.
  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: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. David
    Jul 23, 2005
    10
    The Baltimore Sun needs a lobotomy if it continues to retain Michael Scragow as its professional reviewer for films. This guy has never been 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. Nov 8, 2014
    7
    the original comedy is actually a faith mouth crowd pleasing comedy with skills of baseball. So there back to do with another movie no sequelthe original comedy is actually a faith mouth crowd pleasing comedy with skills of baseball. So there back to do with another movie no sequel just a remake when i was watching this comedy remake it turns out to be ' Benchwarmers' it has no drama it only has comedy , the drama is wrost , acting is wrost but it is **** funny best comedy. Grade B+ ( Linklater could of choose the best film of his career , instead he does this comedy) Expand
  3. DanC.
    Dec 18, 2005
    6
    The original is simply better. Thorton is quite good (as expected), but someone of the caliber of Tatum O'Neil is sorely missing as 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. Expand
  4. 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, isBad 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
  5. ScottH
    Jan 4, 2006
    5
    Fairly entertaining, but the the girl is quite annoying, and none of the kids seem their age in looks or behavior.
  6. GrantN.
    Jan 17, 2006
    3
    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 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. Collapse
  7. spongeee
    Dec 18, 2005
    0
    Dont remake a classic!

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