Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. It is Ferrell's best movie and the summer's funniest comedy so far.
  2. 83
    Will Ferrell does chicken-fried comedy right: with crackpot discipline and stripped-to-the-beer-belly courage.
  3. 80
    Not just the funniest but the smartest comedy around by a mile.
  4. Talladega Nights may be brash, unbridled, even unhinged, but its cornpone humor is rich in parody, and its craftsmanship is superb -- smart writing, shrewd direction, precisely calibrated performances (whether the calibration calls for delicacy or broad-gauge burlesque), inventive language, inspired silliness and all-but-flawless timing.
  5. Reilly can play nuts, too, and in a lower gear that reins Ferrell in. They're a great team.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    For the first half-hour or so, this thing works like white lightning.
  7. The British star of "Ali G" fame plays Ricky Bobby's arch-nemesis. His name: Jean Girard. His provenance: France. His sponsor: Perrier. Speaking through a set of nasty-looking, tightly clenched teeth in the faux-est of faux French accents, Cohen is hilarious.
  8. This is a decidedly blue-state take on a red-state phenomenon.
  9. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    75
    Those who appreciate Ferrell's sense of humor will be utterly entertained by his efforts to kick it into high gear.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Like "Anchorman," the secret to the inspired absurdity of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is in the improv.
  11. 75
    We are treated to the riotous, almost David Lynchian moment in which Ferrell runs around a motorway in his undies screaming that he's on fire. He's not. Actually, come to think of it: He is.
  12. The races are scorchingly shot, and they lend the movie a zest.
  13. From its pitch-perfect title through just about every detail, this sendup of sports-triumph movies maintains the right parodic pitch, if not always the highest mph on the laugh speedometer.
  14. 70
    An affable entertainment, both a celebration and a satire of lowbrow pleasures.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    70
    Ferrell reminds the audience of why he matters: because he's the loudest, driest, and most fearless comic actor working.
  16. A bit of a mess, but it is a genial mess, and one that will make you laugh. Which is the whole idea.
  17. As a cultural artifact, Talladega Nights is both completely phony and, therefore, utterly authentic. Or, to put it differently: this movie is the real thing. It's finger lickin' good. It's eatin' good in the neighborhood. It's the King of Beers. It's Wonder Bread.
  18. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    As good as a summer comedy about NASCAR has any right to be, with fine actors tucked into every nook and cranny.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    Simultaneously teasing and loving a subject doesn't make for easy comedy, but writer-star Will Ferrell and director/co-writer Adam McKay pull it off with good-ol'-boy good nature in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
  20. 70
    Unlike many other purveyors of hip comedy, they're consistently clever without being contemptuous of their audience.
  21. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    67
    Silly, inconsistent, and completely frivolous, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby also happens to be one of the funniest movies this side of 2006.
  22. When Cohen and Ferrell are eyeing each other, you never saw a loopier pair.
  23. 67
    When the crazy comes, it's pretty good crazy. Ferrell is in full-on brazen redneck mode, doing a variation on his "Saturday Night Live" George W. Bush impression.
  24. 63
    The laughs come and go, but Ferrell makes NASCAR his bitch funny. Funnier. And more fun. And then the fun skids to a stop. You know how it goes: Plot gets in the way.
  25. 63
    Ferrell's shtick never grows tiresome, because it's constantly changing.
  26. Mainly, though, it's the performers who are having the last laugh.
  27. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    50
    Lacks the guts of genuine satire.
  28. 50
    You laugh a few times but, in the end, you wonder why you bothered.
  29. Reviewed by: Nicole Schmuelian
    50
    So if you like Ferrell or Cohen, go ahead buy some popcorn, check your brain at the door, and you will laugh.
  30. They've interspersed laugh-out-loud segments with dry, repetitive material.
  31. 50
    Comedy, of course, is a complicated dance between rhythm and timing, but Talladega Nights drags where it should be crackling and popping.
  32. 40
    Monotonous. For while it offers a few precious laughs, Talladega Nights simply apes the look and feel of most recent Ferrell movies.
  33. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    40
    On the Ferrellometer, Talladega Nights sits just above "Kicking & Screaming," when it should be redlining it up there with "Anchorman."
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 262 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 116
  2. Negative: 24 out of 116
  1. RJ
    Sep 16, 2006
    10
    It's not an awesome movie, but it earned 10 for being so funny.
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    5
    A very crude movie psychologically.
  3. JeffF.
    Aug 21, 2006
    0
    Not one single laugh in the whole thing. Nothing but an excuse to see how many product placements they could cram in. Unlikeable characters. The unfunny scenes go on and on. Full Review »