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  • Summary: The Benchwarmers tells the story of three guys (Schneider, Spade, Heder) who try to make up for their lack of athleticism when they were younger by forming a three-man baseball team to challenge a full squad of elementary school baseballers. They develop a large following of left-out kids as they head into a high-stakes, winner-take-all game with the best team of kids in the state. (Sony Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 11 out of 17
  1. This morphing of "The Bad News Bears" and a "Three Stooges" episode parades its dumbness with such zip that it almost passes for clever.
  2. 42
    For the first two acts, veteran lowbrow director Dennis Dugan at least keeps The Benchwarmers' pace brisk and the wall-to-wall soundtrack upbeat and infectious. Then the big third-act twist arrives and the film drags to a finish, leaving a slug-like trail of squishy sentimentality.
  3. From the beginning to its very end, The Benchwarmers seems to be struggling to justify its own existence.
  4. You have to credit the filmmakers for at least acknowledging their level of dreck during the final credits, when Lovitz rhetorically asks, "This was a complete waste of time, wasn't it?"
  5. It's a movie packed with so many idiot characters that Rob Schneider is cast as the cool guy -- and sort of pulls it off.
  6. 20
    No laughs here, just the dull ache of seeing Heder slotted into a standard piece of Hollywood twaddle.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    10
    Another disastrous comedy aimed at second-graders and anyone else who thinks farts are still funny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 65
  2. Negative: 20 out of 65
  1. ChrisD.
    Apr 8, 2006
    10
    People say this movie stinks?!?!?!...no way it rocks my socks.
  2. BobbiD.
    Aug 4, 2006
    10
    this has to be the funnest movie of all times it a must see movie!
  3. Feb 17, 2011
    10
    Funny a** movie, one of my all time favorite comedies of all time! I couldn't stop laughing at a lot of parts in the movie and definitely not worth the 25 score, more of above 65 at least, I'd give it a high score. Expand
  4. Mar 17, 2013
    7
    The jokes may be considered hollow and immature but the Benchwarmers has some great gut-busting moments mostly involving Heder's stupidity. It's a stupid comedy and claims to be nothing more, it's strong anti-bullying message is to be admired and a decent cast plays to their strengths on the baseball field. The fart jokes and crude humour may tire the older viewers and those with 'high morals' but for the rest of us? a cracking good movie. Expand
  5. Jan 22, 2012
    5
    There are a lot of hilarious parts in the begining of the film yet it one again falls victim to the curse of sappy and corny comedies. The sappiness and cornyness definently hurt the film big time but I still enjoyed it for the most part. Expand
  6. HarryB.
    Apr 23, 2006
    1
    I had high hopes for this movie as Rob Schneider can be either super hilarious (Hot Chick, Deuce Bigalow) or completely lame (the Animal, Deuce 2 ). Benchwarmers unfortunately was the latter. There were only three funny parts in the whole movie and the rebirth of Napoleon Dynamite sucked. The actor just played the same character as in ND but was so boring and unfunny. What really kills this movie is that it's a FAMILY MOVIE. Happy ending, positive message and all the wholesome BS that stifles creative comedy and in particular Rob Schneider' and David Spade's genius. Don't see this movie. It's a waste of time and money and talent. Expand
  7. krisj.
    Apr 7, 2006
    0
    This movie is a stinker.

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