(1998)

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63
ReelViews
Arguably Sandler's most enjoyable motion picture to date, but it's still far from a masterpiece.
63
Rolling Stone
Offers dumb fun without apology.
60
This escapist comedy is so cheerfully outlandish that it's hard to resist, and so good-hearted that it's genuinely endearing.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
As a satire on the only true religion of the American South -- football -- The Waterboy is a delight.
50
An unabashed wallow in the moronic humor of Adam Sandler.
50
It's not "Billy Madison," quite, but The Waterboy is still pure Sandler. If you like that sort of thing.
40
Another film about . . . a cretinous, grating loser.
40
Chicago Reader
Geek-triumphs-after-all comedies can be charming, but in this one the triumphing begins so early it's hard to feel for the geek.
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.
20
Film Threat
A stupid summer movie.

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