Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 17 out of 32
  1. 72
    An agreeably and unapologetically lightweight late-summer blockbuster.
  2. 70
    What The Replacements does have is energy.
  3. As obvious as they get, and it wears its message on its bloodied jersey.
  4. Formulaic but surprisingly charming.
  5. 63
    The story of the triumphant underdog is irresistible, even when every single plot point comes marching down Main Street.
  6. 50
    Slap-happy entertainment painted in broad strokes, two coats thick.
  7. 50
    So lazy and rote, it feels like a rerun the first time you watch it.
  8. Harmless, mindless and shameless.
  9. Just like a low-budget football comedy, only with money.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Any ESPN commercial at all leaves it in the dust when it comes to imaginative firepower.
  11. Deutch never raises the film beyond its paint-by-numbers blueprint.
  12. 50
    Although this movie doesn't have an ounce of depth, it's so thoroughly amiable and upbeat that you'd have to be in a fighting mood to find fault with it.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A frankly formulaic but agreeably funny comedy about has-beens, wannabes and never-weres.
  14. The incisive, close up photography by ''The Sixth Sense'''s Tak Fujimoto outclasses the story by yards.
  15. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    A genial and instantly forgettable sports comedy.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    One of those movies that goes for a jarringly new emotion every 30 seconds or so while the story's foundation is collapsing.
  17. Sometimes seems longer than a rainy Super Bowl.
  18. 30
    Lame even by triumph-of-the-underdog sports-comedy standards.
  19. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    This is the laziest kind of filmmaking.
  20. So vulgar and incoherent that even Hackman's gifts can't score a touchdown.
  21. You might want to sit out this season.
  22. 25
    A movie so lame that Keanu Reeves lends it gravity with his mere presence.
  23. A field goal, not a touchdown.
  24. 20
    Mind-achingly mediocre in every regard.
  25. Like two hours of outtakes in search of a studio audience.
  26. It's absolutely awful, and even Gene Hackman can't carry it across the goal line.
  27. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    A sports movie as distinguishable as one M&M in a bag, working off a formula as easy-to-read as an onsides kick.
  28. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Merely reconfigures the same predictable gross-out jokes, sentimental platitudes, and decorative sex that figure into half the screenplays in circulation.
  29. A haphazard film about half as sophisticated as the average beer commercial.
  30. 10
    A desperate, broad comedy.
  31. 10
    This programmatic male-bonding comedy doesn't even borrow well.
  32. 0
    The worst movie of the new millennium.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    If you have an intelligent sense of humour you will rate THE REPLACEMENTS much better than Napoleon Dynamite! However if you are afraid of laughing Napoleon Dynamite is the perfect movie for your sense of "humour"! THE REPLACEMENTS is written and casted better than most comedies composed in the last 50 years! I am an extreme fan of Woody Allen and Mel Brooks and I am absolutely sure they would both rate THE REPLACEMENTS incredibly well! The plot is touching and very funny and I hope Vince McKewin will write another movie with the same humour and talent WITH WHICH he composed THE REPLACEMENTS! Obviously most reviewers and movie raters do not realize how personally comedy is rated! Most people are affected by trauma and horror and every other genre of film in an equalized manner. Comedy is completely personal, ergo rating a comedy as horrible simply because you thought it was ridiculous and silly just shows you sense of humour is about 98 on the comedy IQ level! The cast of THE REPLACEMENTS is also very well known and talented! Watch it and laugh and enjoy or if not go love Napoleon! Full Review »
  2. Mar 27, 2013
    You know, I hate sports movies with a passion, but THIS takes the cake. This movie is not only the worst of the worst sports movies ever made, but it is also one of the worst movies ever made. It's actually an insult to people who enjoy movies who actually spend their time watching them. I can't tell you the last time I was so angry watching a movie. If you enjoy watching the same exact plot onscreen with the most juvenile, wretched, and laziest jokes and the most unnecessary use of popular songs, look no further than The Replacements. Everything about this movie is TRASH. From the boring plotline, to the cliched characters, to the extreme lack of any surprises, this movie deserves a trip to the local dump. Even the way this sport is executed in this movie bring it down to new lows. This movie does not deserve to be in anyone's collection or else it will get polluted. This movie deserves to be taken out of every store that sells it. It's just one of the most insulting movies I have ever seen in my life, and I beg you not to watch it! Full Review »
  3. BobBrainsmashervonBater
    Jun 15, 2007
    Mind numbingly formulaic. On the upside, it has some of the worst pep talks I've ever heard. Gene Hackman must have been blackmailed into appearing in this stinker. Comedy for the lobotomized. Full Review »