Kicking & Screaming

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 207 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 207
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  1. billc.
    Oct 28, 2005
    6
    Not as bad as I expected,certainly better than most of the films out there today that appeal to the kid-sports-movie crowd. Ditka added to the enjoyment.
  2. markc.
    May 15, 2005
    4
    Bad New Bears with a soccer ball, POOR EFFORT. I did like Mike Ditka playing himself, a few laughs there.
  3. ChadS.
    May 16, 2005
    4
    There's a bizarre inside joke to "Kicking & Screaming" and god only knows why it's there. This film, a sort of second generation, second-rate "The Bad News Bears", announces itself as such by using the same team nickname as "Here Comes the Tigers", a long-forgotten film about an incompetent little league baseball team that was directed by Sean S. Cunningham, the man who gave us There's a bizarre inside joke to "Kicking & Screaming" and god only knows why it's there. This film, a sort of second generation, second-rate "The Bad News Bears", announces itself as such by using the same team nickname as "Here Comes the Tigers", a long-forgotten film about an incompetent little league baseball team that was directed by Sean S. Cunningham, the man who gave us Jason. His next film, "Manny's Orphans", was about youth soccer. Then it occured to me that "Kicking and Screaming" premiered on Friday the 13th. Putting this information together was a lot more fun than watching this harmless, but largely unfunny comedy because the filmmakers are going for a PG-rating. "The Bad News Bears" wasn't made for children. Mike Ditka would've been more effective if he treated those kids like adults, like how he'd coach the Chicago Bears. The f-bomb is probably funnier than "Zip it!" "Kicking and Screaming" comes to life late in the film when Ferrell starts to behave a little badly. If the film tried to be more like "Bad Santa" than "Parenthood", they might've had something here. Even the great Robert Duvall could've reached deeper into his inner-Santini. Expand
  4. May 12, 2011
    6
    A light, sometimes funny movie that is watchable but forgettable. The supporting cast don't take much of the comedic burden so Ferrell becomes the sole reason you would watch this film.
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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    An immensely likable, funny comedy that finds a novel approach to that familiar combo of kids and sports.