Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Kamal AL-Solaylee
    75
    Stupendously silly but viciously funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Spletzer
    75
    The reason Balls of Fury works as well as it does, aside from its low aspirations, is because of the charm of Fogler in the lead. Like Jack Black, but not as sarcastic, he brings a winning enthusiasm to the role.
  3. 63
    The first movie combining Ping-Pong and kung-fu and co-starring Maggie Q. How many could there be?
  4. If it's not quite the best Will Ferrell movie he never made, Balls of Fury is, at the very least, a lot funnier than it has a right to be.
  5. Even at just 90 minutes, Balls of Fury - with its caricatures of the Asian underworld, with its G-man malarkey and gay jokes (Feng keeps an all-boy bevy of sex slaves) - begins to outstay its welcome.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    63
    The movie flaunts its ridiculousness and offers a relentless string of jokes about blindness, groin-bashing, and bodily odors.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Lisa Rose
    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.
  9. 50
    The few jokes it does land can't make this more than a look-what's-on-late-night-cable event.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Marilyn Smith
    50
    Ultimately even the strongest characters deliver mixed results.
  13. Reviewed by: Gene Seymour
    50
    As disposable as aluminum cans without the promise of a cash return.
  14. 50
    A lifeless pingpong comedy that ricochets from one flat gag to the next.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    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.
  16. 50
    This is pretty thin soup, but the players are spirited and the jokes generally offbeat.
  17. 42
    Add Balls Of Fury to the list of movies that not even Walken's moon-man delivery and oddball comic energy can save.
  18. 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.
  19. The nicest thing is the Asian American actress known as Maggie Q.
  20. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Balls of Fury makes "Dodgeball" look like high art. It'll be tough to crack a smile, let alone laugh, during this uninspired and sophomoric satire of sports movies.
  21. 30
    A mildly entertaining reworking of the Farrelly Brothers' superior micro-sport parody "Kingpin."
  22. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    30
    1. Balls of Fury is a movie about: a. A former table-tennis prodigy enlisted by the FBI to infiltrate the underground pingpong tournament of a legendary Chinese criminal. b. Suppository jokes.c. Little worth discussing and even less worth seeing.
  23. 30
    Raunchier and somewhat more imaginative than “Hot Rod.”
  24. 25
    Mostly unfunny, extremely silly pingpong comedy.
  25. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    0
    Steer clear of Balls of Fury for as long as you draw breath. Period.
  26. A joke of a title in search of a movie with a single good joke.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 14 out of 32
  1. imedl.
    Feb 3, 2008
    10
    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
    10
    Great movie, do yourself a favor and go watch this.
  3. SimonM.
    Sep 3, 2007
    9
    It wasn't perfect but still I didn't feel ripped off.