Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. 38
    Starts promisingly as an attack on modern commercialized sports, and then turns into just one more wheezy assembly-line story about slacker dudes vs. rich old guys.
  2. 50
    When I watch a comedy, I want it either to present endearing characters in fun situations or to make me laugh frequently. BASEketball accomplishes neither objective.
  3. 50
    Is it funny? Sporadically.
  4. Essentially two movies stuck together like chewing gum on a subway platform. One is a dumber-than-dumb teen comedy crammed with farcical sight-gags and raunchy adolescent humor, the other a no-holds-barred satire of professional sports, and the greed, egotism and pomposity surrounding them.
  5. 67
    Sick, twisted, and very funny, Parker and Stone have arrived. Again.
  6. I was bored well before the end, but found the first half hour pretty funny.
  7. The pop-culture answer to a murder-suicide, the kind of flick that serves itself up as the object of its own satire.
  8. The film degenerates into sophomoric name calling and a brand of insult humor that would embarrass Don Rickles.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Sports-satire misfire. [31 July 1998, p. 2E]
  10. Not half-bad. It's about three- quarters bad, actually, but what's left offers some goof-off fun.
  11. Reviewed by: David Kehr
    50
    Satire goes 'south' in gross mismatch of hot comic duo and "Airplane" director. [31 July 1998, p. 46]
  12. Reviewed by: Edvins Beitiks
    12
    Crude, stupid and unfunny.
  13. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    33
    Exhibits none of the infectious offhand tastelessness of their hit show and all of the insistent overkill of a Mel Brooks joke gone horribly wrong.
  14. Reviewed by: Stephen Thompson
    70
    BASEketball's effort and energy pay off with surprisingly abundant laughs and a few admirable shocks.
  15. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    60
    The vulgar, obvious humor of Zucker brother David and "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone elicits easy, guilty laughs, yet the material has an underlying innocence that's just shy of good clean fun.
  16. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    40
    BASEketball feels stale and inert. Still, Parker and Stone have a nice, giddy rapport, and it's a kick to hear traces of Cartman and Kenny in their dude-speak.
  17. Reviewed by: Dave Shulman
    0
    Some of the most heavy-handed, laughless, uninspired attempts at comedy since prime time. But I still dig “South Park.” Let’s forget this ever happened.
  18. Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    0
    At one point, Michaels expresses his excitement at the outcome of a game. "You're excited?" Costas yells. "Feel these nipples!" If you're old enough to see this movie without a parent or guardian and all that sounds encouraging, this review has failed, and failed badly.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Nov 30, 2013
    8
    It was cheap, I do admit that, but I wasn't watching it for the story. I was watching it because it was hilarious. Making a new sport is hard, and giving credit that was a well put together sport, but I don't think I would want to play it. Full Review »
  2. Jun 6, 2013
    9
    This movie is essentially South Park in real life. Laughs are abundant and trey Parker and Matt Stone solidify themselves as comedic geniuses in this sports comedy. Full Review »
  3. Apr 27, 2013
    8
    The creative minds behind South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, star in this hilarious comedy. It comes across as almost a spoof of sports movies. It's humor is crude and immature, so don't watch this if you want to see a "smart" comedy. I for one really enjoyed this movie, the only complaint I have is that it uses too many of the cliches that sports movies use. Full Review »