Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Oct 11, 2012
    63
    When the comedy connects, it can deliver with funny force
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 11, 2012
    63
    Once it gets going and commits to its time-worn inspirational formula, it's not half-bad.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 16, 2012
    60
    Knuckleheaded though this faculty-member-turned-MMA-fighter comedy is, there's no denying the plot's lefty credentials, snuck in like Raisinets among the popcorn.
  4. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Oct 11, 2012
    60
    Like James in the ring, it doesn't pack a lot of power, but it comes out swinging and sweats for applause.
  5. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Oct 23, 2012
    50
    Although it's not as bad as it could be, the film is still middle-of-the-road fare for comedy fans who are already firmly in James' corner, delivering the sort of brainless laughs that James is famous for. [18 Oct 2012]
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Oct 14, 2012
    50
    So even if Here Comes the Boom doesn't quite work as a comedy (it's not particularly funny), or a drama (it's not particularly poignant), it has an earnest charm that keeps us engaged.
  7. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 13, 2012
    50
    Here Comes the Boom is stale and vanilla. We know we're in trouble early when the first joke fails.
  8. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 12, 2012
    50
    If you can choke down the implausible notion that the doughy Kevin James would last more than five seconds in a mixed martial arts ring, Here Comes the Boom is a moderately enjoyable, nontaxing sort of comedy.
  9. 50
    A farther-fetched fantasy: In addition to asking we believe our loosely packed academic can play Rocky, Here Comes the Boom imagines a world in which butterball Everyman Scott and the fabulously lush Bella (Salma Hayek) might argue and bill and coo and eventually fall in love.
  10. Reviewed by: Sean OConnell
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    What's missing from this color-by-numbers screenplay is the bizarre touch of eccentric humor Sandler often lets creep into his comedies.
  11. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    The pure mechanics of Here Comes the Boom land it in an enjoyable, if forgettable, space.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    It's all harmless, if not entirely fun.
  13. Reviewed by: Janice Page
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    Kevin James's latest comedy doesn't promise any bing or bang, only boom. Take it at its word.
  14. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 11, 2012
    42
    A cloddish, harmlessly drecky comedy from the Sandler factory of crude mush.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken McIntyre
    Nov 18, 2012
    40
    Cue 105 painful minutes of a fat guy getting punched in the face and falling down.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Oct 12, 2012
    40
    Few people will be surprised by how it all unfolds or by how it all ends. This is a movie about lightweight entertainment and heavyweight fighters, not a movie about surprises.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Oct 11, 2012
    40
    The film works hard at its inoffensiveness. Throughout, jokes are left on the table, setups never pay off in any significant way.
  18. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Oct 11, 2012
    40
    Boom was produced under the auspices of pal Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions, which has a tendency toward broad-comic morality tales and multiplex populism that often shades into remedial-level pandering.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 11, 2012
    40
    All banality, though it delivers some goodwill even as it pulls a muscle trying to get its premise going.
  20. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 10, 2012
    40
    The first half hour of Here Comes the Boom is so good moviegoers might be fooled into expecting something better than an obvious wish fulfillment fantasy so patently implausible it's almost insulting.
  21. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 10, 2012
    40
    Hands of stone meet heads of air in Here Comes the Boom, a sports story so daffy it may as well star Kevin James.
  22. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 14, 2012
    38
    Low on raunch but even lower on laughs. It also looks like half the lighting crew failed to show up.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 12, 2012
    38
    Loud, incoherent and unfunny, Here Comes the Boom is the sound of American culture imploding.
  24. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Oct 10, 2012
    33
    Here Comes The Boom seems to have made it from the pitch stage - Kevin James does MMA to save his school or something! - to the big screen without an iota of inspiration, ambition, or personality seeping in at any juncture.
  25. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 17, 2012
    20
    "Here Comes the Bomb" would've been a more fitting title, but props to Henry Winkler for rising to the occasion and turning in a sweet, idealistic performance in a film that otherwise feels like a tawdry commercial for the UFC and MMA.
  26. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Oct 11, 2012
    0
    As a comedy, the film aims low and manages to miss the mark entirely.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Jan 20, 2013
    10
    Its a really good movie, i recommend it for people of 7 to everyone.

    Its a funny movie i like the UFC theme, that makes it fun.

    Its a
    good movie in my opinion so 10. Full Review »
  2. Nov 4, 2012
    6
    Kevin James plays it safe with Here Comes the Boom, a movie that will remind you of Nacho Libre in many ways. Its a overall fun time at the movies, even if it is somewhat predictable. Full Review »
  3. Nov 23, 2014
    8
    Here Comes the Boom is a great family movie. Everyone in the house will be laughing at this one. Its hard to believe that this film wasn't dine sooner considering the world is crazy over MMA right now. No better person for this role than Kevin James. This one is very worth your time if you have kids at home. Full Review »