Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 33
  2. Negative: 10 out of 33
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  1. Ferrell's ideally suited to man-boy characters, and that's what Phil Weston is in "Kicking."
  2. Some scenes are just silly, others are dead-on uproarious. Ditka, a real-life football legend, is a real find as our hero's assistant.
  3. 75
    An entertaining family movie, and may serve a useful purpose if it inspires kids to overthrow their coaches and take over their own sports.
  4. Laughs-wise, it lacks the raucous edge of an "Old School" or "Anchorman" or the retro charm of an "Elf," but there's still plenty of Will-power to fuel this likable underdog trifle. It certainly is more enjoyable than a lot of what passes for family entertainment these days.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    An immensely likable, funny comedy that finds a novel approach to that familiar combo of kids and sports.
  6. This might be the most predictable movie of the year, but at least it delivers everything you expect it to.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    It's all kept light and funny, but underlying the broad sight gags is a movie that actually has something to say about competition, fathers and sons, machismo and caffeine.
  8. Kicking & Screaming may be a prefab cartoon out of the "Bad News Bears" cookie cutter, but Ferrell doesn't just save this junk -- he rules it.
  9. It's Ferrell who is the vehicle, a mow-you-down comic engine, and everyone else is just along for the ride in this marginally effective, starkly unoriginal family comedy.
  10. For soccer aficionados, Kicking & Screaming boasts some fairly cool play, courtesy of Alessandro Ruggiero and Francesco Liotti, two kids who play "the Italians."
  11. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    R0bert Duvall as a pee wee soccer coach? Great idea, but Kicking and Screaming should have had him roar, "I love the smell of juice boxes in the morning."
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 197 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 55
  2. Negative: 9 out of 55
  1. Mar 13, 2015
    8
    This movie is unbelievably hilarious. I love the clashing between Duvall and Ditka and then Ferrel being smashed between. Mike Ditka is aThis movie is unbelievably hilarious. I love the clashing between Duvall and Ditka and then Ferrel being smashed between. Mike Ditka is a perfect choice for the Juice Box guy. Full Review »
  2. Mar 2, 2015
    1
    Enough of this.....introduce kids to coffee by getting them half-caf....and the movie has somehow accomplished what it set out to do.....if IEnough of this.....introduce kids to coffee by getting them half-caf....and the movie has somehow accomplished what it set out to do.....if I didn't already hate Will Farrell ...i'm there now...who I really hate is people who need to laugh at him together.....Might as well have an entire movie on Fat Bastard only now hes played by Will Farrell..... Full Review »
  3. Jun 19, 2014
    0
    Only a couple of laughs. (only chuckles though). I didn't go into the film with really high hopes, but I had no idea I would be thisOnly a couple of laughs. (only chuckles though). I didn't go into the film with really high hopes, but I had no idea I would be this disappointed. Don't see Full Review »