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83
Entertainment Weekly
New-era losers (the cast is a cheery scrum of relaxed kids, led by genuine whiz pitcher Sammi Kane Kraft in the role created by Tatum O'Neal) now include a rotten kid in a wheelchair.
75
The movie is like a merger of his ugly drunk in "Bad Santa" and his football coach in "Friday Night Lights," yet Thornton doesn't recycle from either movie; he modulates the manic anger of the Santa and the intensity of the coach and produces a morose loser who we like better than he likes himself.
75
The mischief Thornton does make adds up to wild, rowdy fun.
75
New York Daily News
The strong script (with updated flourishes by "Bad Santa" writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa) and some of the vibrant child characters pull it through, with the comically reptilian Thornton egging them on with one inappropriate shocker after another.
75
Chicago Tribune
The new Bad News Bears may not make you cheer, but it should provide laughs and a good time. Isn't that what some movies are all about?
75
The coach is certainly an offensive goofball, and the Bears are certainly a pack of hard-to-handle whippersnappers. But the picture's point is that surfaces don't tell the whole story about people, about teams, or about anything.
75
ReelViews
Linklater has crafted an entertaining motion picture.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Many moments of laugh-out-loud comedy. But somehow those moments never add up to a fully satisfying viewing experience.
50
In a blind taste test, I couldn't possibly have identified this as a Linklater movie, and he's a filmmaker I generally like. If anything, Bad News Bears shows that Linklater can get in and out of a movie like a cat burglar, without leaving his fingerprints anywhere. OK, he's proven it. He need never do that again.
50
The material is so solid and Thornton so tailor-made that the movie almost gets by.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
Thornton swills the Matthau role with the unslakable thirst of W.C. Fields and idiosyncratic sexuality of Johnny Depp. So this is what Bad Santa does during the off-season.

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