BASEketball

Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18

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  1. The pop-culture answer to a murder-suicide, the kind of flick that serves itself up as the object of its own satire.
  2. 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.
  3. 67
    Sick, twisted, and very funny, Parker and Stone have arrived. Again.
  4. 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.
  5. BASEketball's effort and energy pay off with surprisingly abundant laughs and a few admirable shocks.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I was bored well before the end, but found the first half hour pretty funny.
  9. 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.
  10. The film degenerates into sophomoric name calling and a brand of insult humor that would embarrass Don Rickles.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Kehr
    50
    Satire goes 'south' in gross mismatch of hot comic duo and "Airplane" director. [31 July 1998, p. 46]
  14. Not half-bad. It's about three- quarters bad, actually, but what's left offers some goof-off fun.
  15. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Sports-satire misfire. [31 July 1998, p. 2E]
  16. 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.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Bendik
    Aug 23, 2007
    5
    This movie is so bad that it was funny.
  2. Oct 5, 2015
    6
    To truly like this film you have to know who the two main Actors in the film are-Trey Parker and Matt Stone.They of course are the creators ofTo truly like this film you have to know who the two main Actors in the film are-Trey Parker and Matt Stone.They of course are the creators of South Park and are extremely talented as the success of South Park can prove.As Actors they are are alright,mostly acting natural as themselves.Let's face it,this is A Naked Gun-type Comedy.There are quite A lot of funny moments,however the reason I don't really score it higher than I did is of two things really-the Movie taking way too long and some crude scenes.

    The length of it went A tad longer than I would of liked.There are A lot parts of the Movie that could of been edited differently as to shorten them as some scenes go on way too long thus extending the length of the Movie overall.My other gripe with the Movie is some of the crude scenes.Now,I am not A prude and I do understand the reason in which they were intended and it does makes sense within the Movie.However,some of them were just too gross for Me and felt like they were there just for shock value rather than genuine comedy.

    The rest of the Movie has good Veteran Actors in it that are instantly recognizable.The rest of the cast do their best and it comes off as good performances all around.The main positive for Me was Trey Parker and Matt Stone.Overall,it was all about them and I am sure that was the selling point of the Movie when it was released.Other than that it's A fair comedy,but nothing too memorable.
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  3. 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,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 »