“Average. Kind Of An Interesting Film For Younger People.”
A moderately enjoyable, nontaxing sort of comedy.
Neil Genzlinger - New York Times
Here Comes the Boom telegraphs every punch in its arsenal, but when the comedy connects, it can deliver with funny force.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
For the most part, "Boom" lazily follows Adam Sandler's proven recipe for box-office success.
Sean O'Connell - Washington Post
[It] delivers repeated blows - to the abdomen, to the head, and to the groin, but not often enough to the funny bone.
Janice Page - Boston Globe
Call it Waiting for Superman Punch.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
"Here Comes the Boom" is all banality, though it delivers some goodwill even as it pulls a muscle trying to get its premise going.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
'Here Comes the Boom' is enjoyable -- or, at the very least, not torture like 'Grown Ups' ...
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
Once it gets going and commits to its time-worn inspirational formula, it's not half-bad.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Weak humor and vanilla plotting have replaced legitimate drama, pathos, and character development.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Here Comes the Boom" is so full of cliches from other, better movies that it is almost plays like a parody of an underdog tale.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
The film would have the same audience that came to see James get elbowed in the face also get weepy over disadvantaged schoolchildren.
Barbara VanDenburgh - Arizona Republic
The overall tenor is clangorously discordant.
John Anderson - Variety
"Here Comes the Boom'' is low on raunch but even lower on laughs. It also looks like half the lighting crew failed to show up.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It delivers exactly what's expected from a flabby mishmash of high school inspirational tale and Mixed Martial Arts fighting exhibitionism ladled out by Adam Sandler running mate Frank Coraci ...
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
It's nice that the hero goes to the mat for what he believes in. But he's not the only thing that comes down with a thud.
Stephanie Zacharek - Film.com
Here Comes the Boom will probably connect like a haymaker with most of its intended audience. The leads are likeable, and the plot, though beyond incredible, is at the very least distracting.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
When [James] starts winning some bouts and becoming a contender, the movie's credibility skyrockets into "Rocky" territory and beyond.
David Germain - Associated Press
The film works hard at its inoffensiveness. Throughout, jokes are left on the table, setups never pay off in any significant way.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Ultimately, the film is much too derivative to stand (and deliver) on its own, but at its best moments, it proves amiably average, chiefly due to James' natural charms.
William Goss - Empire Magazine
It isn't nearly as funny or inspiring as it wants to be, but it makes a legitimate effort.
Eric D. Snider
A lightweight action-comedy that only tries to entertain, but at least it meets that modest goal. And it knocks out lighter weight comedies like The School of Rock.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
The highly likeable Kevin James headlines a highly likeable school/sports comedy lark in which he again plays a lovable oaf.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
The 'Mr. Holland's Opus' meets 'Rocky II' story will satisfy some who long for innocuous content, even those who know James deserves better material.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
An average made-for-TV-type movie that makes its way onto the big screen, 'Here Comes the Boom' doesn't pack much of a punch.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Now, then. When is Stallone going to start playing a head teacher? Maybe the switch would work the other way...
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
105 painful minutes of a fat guy getting punched in the face and falling down.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
Merely the kind of film that once it's on DVD will end up as necessarily mindless fodder for bench-pressing numbskulls to watch in a gym.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
The film aims to be simultaneously a coarse sentimental little-guy comedy, a tale of embracing the American dream, and an increasingly serious underdog fight movie on the lines of Rocky. It fails on all three counts.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Couldn't Kevin have raised the money by selling hard drugs or trafficking underage women? The closing scenes would, under those circumstances, have seemed only marginally less peculiar.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
There's nothing here that you haven't seen a dozen times before and done much better.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
I went in with rock-bottom expectations and came out pleasantly surprised. It isn't completely awful.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The Wedding Singer's Frank Coraci retains an endearing fondness for funny-faced bit-parts, but it's fundamentally formulaic in construction and mediocre in execution.
A fantasia of hackneyed conceits about education ...
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Every now and again a film comes along that could play as a parody of itself with minimal alteration, and 90 per cent of them seem to have some kind of connection to Adam Sandler.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Daft but hard to dislike ...
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Surprisingly enjoyable, thanks to strong comic performances, likeable characters and direction that gets the tone exactly right.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Unfortunately, the comedy is strictly from the undercard.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
As an undemanding time-passer, Here Comes The Boom just about goes the distance.
Eddie Harrison - The List
There's hardly a serious message being made about the plight of America's education system here, which makes one wonder what the point of it is.
Ed Gibbs - The National
Kevin James stars in the feel good movie of the year.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
To paraphrase the quip that started the David Cross/Patton Oswalt feud, the script for Here Comes the Boom feels like something Vince Vaughn read and threw across the room -- where it promptly hit Kevin James in the head.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's not offensive so much as it is dumb, although the emphasis on bone-cracking violence to solve your social-welfare problems sends, at best, a mixed message.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
... a bizarre hybrid of Rocky, Warrior and Mr. Holland's Opus ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
More pabulum for moviegoers who can't be bothered to chew even the softest food for thought, courtesy of Happy Madison Productions, the Gerber of motion picture companies.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Kevin James is an appealing performer who'd probably be even more likable if he could pick out better scripts.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
There's a pleasant surprise involving Here Comes the Boom. No, it's not particularly good -- that would rank as a miracle more than a surprise -- but it does showcase Kevin James in his most appealing turn since 2005's Hitch.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Kevin James delivers solid entertainment with a surprisingly wide-ranging appeal in this unlikely mash-up of high-school education and ultimate fighting.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Kevin James transformed not only into a fighter, but also managed to perfect his lead role performance.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Teacher turns MMA fighter in tween-friendly comedy.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Better than you'd think.
Chris Bumbray - DVD Clinic
Here Comes the Boom is slightly above average for this sort of broad comedy, but is hampered by too many significant issues to be worth a watch.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
The movie's no knockout, but it's sturdier and more fun than you'd expect.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Late in the film engagement saves the pic from a more critical beat down...but not by much. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Even a 4-year old can see the twists and turns coming a mile away, but everyone is so likable
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A crowd pleaser about a biology teacher who gets into mixed martial arts fighting.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Why doesn't most of this movie take place in a coma ward?
Frank Lovece - Newsday
The alarms about how ridiculous and predictable this plot is can be heard from miles away...
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
This unfunny exaltation of visual violence with no consequences desensitizes viewers to violence and is particularly inappropriate for children.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
... would-be inspirational comedy that coasts for a while on the affable screen presence of James before falling victim to its complete lack of logic and narrative coherence.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
superior to Warrior in every way
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Here Comes the Boom lets Kevin James strip off his shirt as well as his reliance on pratfall comedy.
Christian Toto - Big Hollywood
Indeed, James does plenty of fall-down-go-boom, but it's wasted on a tediously conventional movie that does surprisingly little with the spectacularly strange sight of James in stampeding MMA mode.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
To see MMA marketed once again to the Truck Nutz Energy Drink Crowd is, yes, predictable, but still disappointing. It's impossible for me to see Henry Winkler singing an acoustic version of a POD song in an airport as anything but an embarrassment.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
It doesn't break any ground, but it's entertaining.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Pleasant Surprises Abound in Boom.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
'Rocky' for fifth graders, with enough pro-school propaganda to make parents think it's worth the price of popcorn
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
As a comedy, Frank Coraci's film aims low and manages to miss the mark entirely.
Chris Cabin - Slant Magazine
The lesson Happy Madison should but will never learn is that there's more to comedy than vomit and butt cracks.
Matt Pais - RedEye
For a film dedicated to time-tested formula and clumsily cross-pollinating Rocky and Mr. Holland's Opus, Here Comes The Boom is hilariously convoluted and inefficient in its storytelling.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
"Here Comes the Boom" plays it smart through appealing to its audience by acting like the class clown.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
If Kevin James continues to make films that no longer fight his considerable talents -- such as the highly entertaining 'Boom' -- he someday might look back at such missteps as 'Zookeeper,' and laugh long and hard.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Just like the Russian crowd cheering on Rocky in 'Rocky IV,' I was rooting for a happy ending even though my cynical little movie critic mind knew the result should be obvious.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Cage fighting is not inherently funny. In fact, it's the opposite of funny, something like cock fighting only with people, and this presents a problem the movie never completely overcomes.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Forgets to do one big thing: be funny.
About as funny as being tickled by Chuck Liddell, which would really just hurt. Unfortunately for this reviewer, there was no tapping out.
Radheyan Simonpillai - NOW Toronto
Kevin James is so gosh-darned likable that he can make up for a lot of sub-par material, but not even he can make this tiresome effort work.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
"Here Comes the Boom" is predictable from the first second to the last. Thanks to the gung-ho pluckiness of star Kevin James, by the end you will hardly notice.
Paul Doro - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Suprisingly charming family fare, although it is pure formula from start to finish.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Kevin James spends much more time in the embrace of sweaty tattooed males than he does in the arms of Salma Hayek.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Rutten is a natural ham, and his off-kilter, upbeat, Euro-kook personality is one of the movie's wild cards, and keeps a story that relies heavily on formula from being stale.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Loud, incoherent and unfunny, "Here Comes the Boom" is the sound of American culture imploding.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Roused we briefly are ... but I swear to God, if this MMA movie winds up making more money than Warrior, I'm going to have to kill myself.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
It's the combination of Warrior and Mr. Holland's Opus nobody asked for, but here it comes anyway, landing with a thump.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
James creates a witty, confident everyman in the first act, only to sacrifice him to the pic's demands for formula and sentimentality thereafter.
Inkoo Kang - Movieline
It's a predictable sports movie that for me would be a 2.5, but the performance of Kevin James is so good that I want to see him in more stuff now, so I can feel good about getting this to 3/5 Schmoes.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
When you first hear about this film just don't think it's gonna work. But Kevin James got himself into shape and he's a huge fan of the UFC. As on the nose as it is, it pays a ton of respect to the sport and that comes through.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
Even though "Boom" doesn't pull its punches, it's still a lightweight genre picture, a patchwork comedy that makes good use of its biggest patch - Kevin James.
Frank Coraci, who has directed other James and Sandler films, keeps a sharp eye on the shenanigans and never lets them get out of hand.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Despite the picture's utter predictability, it is James' sweet performance that makes this a winner. Hard to believe, but true!
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
When the laughs come so few and far between that you can count them on one hand, it's not surprising that it leaves such a bland taste in your mouth.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
An entertaining and uplifting star vehicle showcasing Kevin James' comic genius at its best, whether he's doing pratfalls in a mask and ill-fitting stretchy pants or futilely wooing the woman of his dreams.
Kam Williams - myfilmblog