Metascore
55

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
    75
    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
    70
    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
    70
    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
    50
    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
    50
    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
8.6

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
    9
    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 »
  2. edh
    Jan 1, 2009
    10
    A funny and entertaining film. Jimmy Tsai is a talented writer and actor, but his portrayal of Christopher Wang suffers from his "I think I'm black" mentality. That said Wang has some pretty hilarious riffs on whiteboys. Definitely worth the time to watch. Full Review »
  3. BillB
    Sep 12, 2008
    3
    I really, really wanted to like this movie but it just became an Asian sports movie. I felt like it should have ended every 30 seconds and been a commercial. Full Review »