Balls of Fury Reviews

  • It's the kind of comedy that finds Asian people hi-lar-ious because they're...Asian. (Are you laughing yet?)

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Balls of Fury is raunchier and somewhat more imaginative than Hot Rod, and it will be must viewing for Christopher Walken completists.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • This comedy raises the odd laugh, largely from an absurd appearance by Christopher Walken as a sinister martial-arts kingpin villain.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • The gags are either obvious, lame, ineptly timed or repeated so many times as to render them devoid of humor.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Nothing original, nothing outrageous.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • Balls of Fury also scores points, so to speak, for coming up with its own sports context. Talladega Nights had NASCAR. Blades of Glory had the world of figure skating. Ping-Pong has . . . rec rooms?

    Mark Feeney — Boston Globe

  • [Question:] Balls of Fury is a movie about: a. A former table-tennis prodigy enlisted by the FBI to infiltrate the underground Ping-Pong tournament of a legendary Chinese criminal. b. Suppository jokes. c. Nothing worth discussing.

    Nathan Lee — Village Voice

  • Lennon, Garant and Fogler are masters of the prolonged punch line, extending a joke so far that it hits funny, whizzes into the stands, then bounces back. The same, come to think of it, could be said for their movie.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Don't expect me to explain the rules and purposes of the tournament, if it has any. I was preoccupied with observing the sheer absurdity of everything on the screen...

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This is pretty thin soup, but the players are spirited and the jokes generally offbeat.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • While Balls of Fury is slightly more sophisticated in its comic strategies, 'slightly' remains the operative word.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's schlocky and tasteless but also good-natured and harmless, and the people who come out to see it will get just what they want: 90 minutes of freewheeling, switch-off-your-brain laughs.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Balls of Fury is a stupid movie that's not quite stupid enough, or at least not quite funny enough.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Relentlessly silly in spoofing martial-arts movie conventions, Balls of Fury has roughly enough laughs for a first-class trailer but wheezes, gasps and finally goes flat through much of its 90 minutes.

    Brian Lowry — Variety

  • Christopher Walken does not actually show up in Asian drag until halfway through Balls of Fury -- not enough to salvage this mostly unfunny, extremely silly pingpong comedy.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Ben Garant fumbles the formula he's mocking, denying us the spectacular and hilarious matches that the story demands.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The movie's big lug of a lead, Dan Fogler...could be dismissed as a poor man's Jack Black.

    Rob Salem — Toronto Star

  • It may look episodic and disgracefully low-budget in places, but there's also a theatrical quality in the way scenes are blocked, and punch lines delivered.

    Kamal Al-Solaylee — Globe and Mail

  • Ultimately, it's a hollow enterprise, all ping and no pong. It doesn't bounce; it splats.

    Stephanie Zacharek — Salon.com

  • It's the killer pingpong action that ultimately keeps Balls afloat.

    Sheri Linden — Hollywood Reporter

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