Balls of Fury


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. The good news is that Christopher Walken, resplendent in purple silk, isn't the film's sole redeeming element. The bad news is that even his arch-villain can't save Balls of Fury from losing bounce as the story proceeds.
  2. 58
    The shtick grows a bit repetitive, so by the end of the story you may be checking the time rather than rooting for Randy.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Relentlessly silly in spoofing martial-arts movie conventions, Balls of Fury has roughly enough laughs for a first-class trailer but wheezes, gasps and finally goes flat through much of its 90 minutes.
  4. 50
    A lifeless pingpong comedy that ricochets from one flat gag to the next.
  5. 50
    In the grand tradition of "Beerfest" and "Bladels of Glory," this insistently ludicrous -- and not entirely unfunny -- two-joke comedy satirizes an old Hollywood standby: the big-comeback sports movie.
  6. 50
    As disposable as aluminum cans without the promise of a cash return.
  7. The real trouble is that it's supposed to be an outrageous comedy, but in fact it's fairly tame and not all that funny.
  8. Reviewed by: Marilyn Smith
    Ultimately even the strongest characters deliver mixed results.
  9. 50
    This is pretty thin soup, but the players are spirited and the jokes generally offbeat.
  10. 50
    The few jokes it does land can't make this more than a look-what's-on-late-night-cable event.
  11. 42
    Add Balls Of Fury to the list of movies that not even Walken's moon-man delivery and oddball comic energy can save.
  12. The nicest thing is the Asian American actress known as Maggie Q.
  13. 40
    Intended as nothing more than a here-today, gone-tomorrow zany entertainment, and at the very least, it has a good-natured, slightly raunchy spirit about it. But ultimately, it's a hollow enterprise, all ping and no pong. It doesn't bounce; it splats.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 33
  2. Negative: 14 out of 33
  1. imedl.
    Feb 3, 2008
    I love ping pong, when i watch this movie, i laugh from the start to the end.. the jokes is very chaos to me, you know, everything is I love ping pong, when i watch this movie, i laugh from the start to the end.. the jokes is very chaos to me, you know, everything is exaggerated, but thats the point, this is a fun movie type that you dont have to bother the quality of the film. just watch and enjoy the movie, you'll get a lots of laugh, dont expect anything, JUST ENJOY! definately my favorite. Full Review »
  2. SimonW
    Oct 21, 2007
    Great movie, do yourself a favor and go watch this.
  3. SimonM.
    Sep 3, 2007
    It wasn't perfect but still I didn't feel ripped off.