Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong.
  2. Yu has a good time making fun of white people, in particular a pair of rival ping-pong teachers who seem inspired by the gay villains in the Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever."
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Tsai, who co-wrote the script with Yu, pulls out all the stops with his C-dub role, brimming with witty send-ups of Chinese-American cultural values and Asian stereotypes.
  4. 70
    A bright, nimble diversion, a quick-witted picture that's fast on its feet.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    A good, clean, fun comedy that uses a table tennis championship to crack inside jokes about Los Angeles' Chinese-American community.
  6. 63
    Has a certain silly, kid-friendly charm.
  7. Even the championship showdown feels polite.
  8. He's a mishmash of cultural opposites, and his motormouth swagger is fitfully amusing. So is his backhand.
  9. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Frantically paced, littered with cute kids, and overstuffed with split screens and a rap score, Ping Pong Playa angles a little too hard for tween attention, but there's no resisting the movie's antic affability or its irreverence.
  10. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Breathes fresh life into the tired, bloated sports-comedy formula -- while remaining utterly formulaic.
  11. This thin premise can't sustain a feature, and the racial and gay jokes are jarring, but the child actors are cute, especially Andrew.
  12. 50
    Something is missing here.
  13. A decidedly lightweight amusement.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 26, 2011
    I loved this movie. I just watched the Venom commercials that inspired it. And inspired it was. Jessica Yu and Jimmy Tsai with the support of their excellent producers scored high with this a winner in my opinion. It's on Netflix if you missed it at the movies. Full Review »