(1998)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 21 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
63
Offers dumb fun without apology.
63
ReelViews
Arguably Sandler's most enjoyable motion picture to date, but it's still far from a masterpiece.
60
No one does deranged quite like Kathy Bates (the film's running gag involving Bates and the delicacies of Cajun cuisine is hilarious).
50
An unabashed wallow in the moronic humor of Adam Sandler.
50
USA Today
As funny as it can be, this underdawg comedy isn't much more than Sandler's golf-oriented "Happy Gilmore" with a Cajun accent. [6 November 1998, p. 10E]
50
Christian Science Monitor
A deluge of funny, inane jokes.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
As a satire on the only true religion of the American South -- football -- The Waterboy is a delight.
40
Empire
Perfectly watchable, undemanding fun, but you can't help thinking that a slightly darker tone would have gone a very long way.
25
Chicago Sun-Times
Sandler is making a tactical error when he creates a character whose manner and voice has the effect of fingernails on a blackboard, and then expects us to hang in there for a whole movie.
25
New York Daily News
Working a lisping Southern accent that sounds like Truman Capote on Seconal, Sandler plays Bobby Boucher, a swamp-dwelling Cajun. [6 November 1998, p. 56]
16
Entertainment Weekly
Becomes yet another lame sports farce.

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