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  • Summary: Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid portray a mismatched duo intent on conning their way to a bowling tournament in Reno, Nevada. (MGM)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. 88
    Some of the gags don't work, and yet I laughed at the Farrellys' audacity in trying them. And the humor isn't just gags and punch lines, but one accomplished comic performance after another.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Potty humor to spare. [26 July 1996, p. D4]
  3. 67
    Kingpin is no classic, but I've got to admit that after sitting though a number of the film's less-than-inspiring previews over the last few weeks, I wasn't exactly expecting the second coming of Laurel and Hardy.
  4. At least it has Bill Murray.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    This lowbrow romp doesn't even have the courage of its own infantile grossness.
  6. 38
    The really disgusting thing about this movie isn't the crude jokes themselves, but how grossly unfunny they all are.
  7. 20
    Without a doubt, mainstream moviegoers will be revolted by the nastiness of it all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. KenD.
    Apr 5, 2008
    You know what? I don't care about what the whole universe may say negatively about this movie. This is one of my favorite 'underdog' films of all time. The fact that this film is also funny is actually BESIDE the point for me. This movie is an inspiration to anyone who wakes up one day and finds themselves ten years past their 'prime', not where they planned to be ten years prior, and totally 'Munsoned'~ but still choose to refuse to give up on life. Of all the critics Ebert was the only one who really got it right this time. Expand
  2. Gnarles
    Oct 18, 2005
    Maybe I just have an awful sense of humor, but I don't see how anyone can think Kingpin is anything less than a total riot - and this is coming from a person who thinks that Adam Sandler movies are about as amusing as waking up to find your entire family murdered and your tires slashed. Luckily, a few big-name critics are on board with me for my love of this nasty, inspired idiot's epic. Harrelson is simply incredible, bravely throwing himself into this despicable part and making himself look awful at every turn. As his nemesis, Bill Murray might be the first actor to ever be upstaged by his own hair. A classic that has only improved with age. Expand
  3. Tim
    Mar 17, 2006
    Don't take this too seriously. Very left of centre humour. I loved it.
  4. Aug 27, 2010
    Very enjoyable movie, maybe not the best comedy of all time, but quite a few chuckles. Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray put on quality performances, and a little bit of Vanessa Angel doesn't hurt either. Expand