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Metascore

Based on 12 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
The story is told in faux-documentary style, echoing the films of Christopher Guest, and if the cast never quite matches Mr. Guest's ensemble in comic inventiveness, they nonetheless manage to invest a very slight story line with a loose, scruffy charm.
67
The A.V. Club
This is a movie about people trying to squeeze maximum recognition and pride out of the one thing they do reasonably well, and much of Blackballed's comedy comes from their attempts to maintain their dignity when they fail.
60
Variety
The deliberately jittery hand-held lensing enhances the mockery in this mockumentary.
50
Village Voice
A mockumentary that exhausts its best joke with its premise.
50
New York Post
Corddry leads a game cast, but the film is rough around the edges...It would play better as a TV sketch.
50
Though the performances are surprisingly good - the characters are drawn with a broad brush, but the actors, almost all professional comics, hit all the right notes - the material just isn't funny enough to justify the film's length.
50
New York Daily News
Overlong at just 91 minutes, Brant Sersen's sardonic sports mockumentary would have made a hilarious short film. Instead, it's a mildly amusing feature that takes a few too many potshots at some very broad targets.
50
About as flat as a five day old soda.
50
Austin Chronicle
In the end, Blackballed doesn't take home the winner's cup, but its genial stick-to-itiveness and reasonably well-aimed humor earn the film at least a good sportsmanship trophy.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Fails to ever come alive as a human comedy in the manner of the best mockumentaries.

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