Semi-Pro Reviews

  • Judging from this low-scoring sports comedy about the mystique of men with balls, Will Ferrell needs to call a time-out from belly baring to refocus his fan-favorite game of playing clueless male doofuses.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Like many of Will Ferrell's recent films, "Semi-Pro" finds the sweet spot between sports melodrama and parody, and hammers it for 90 diverting minutes.

    Matt Zoller Seitz — New York Times

  • Chillingly devoid of laughs, and looks like some deconstructionist experiment, deliberately draining the comedy genre of jokes to show the parched, pointless story-skeleton beneath.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • There are some ludicrous sight gags and uniquely silly, if foul-mouthed, laughs. The movie falters when it tries to be serious. Fortunately, those moments are few.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Our hesitation to identify [Ferrell] as the genuinely funny star of comedies such as Old School and Anchorman comes after seeing this actor's halfhearted, disconcertingly crude and only occasionally amusing performance.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • It does get the funk out ya face for 86 minutes.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • In the end, it's comedy comfort food, something powdered poured from a box.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • For die-hard Ferrell fans, this could be the ultimate test. He has been playing variations of Elf for five years, and his antics have grown as stale as Jackie's socks.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • It's long on shorts but short on punchlines.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Technically, it's not a foul to shoot a stupid sports comedy. In fact, it's becoming something of a routine maneuver for Will Ferrell.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Like so much in this life, Will Ferrell's comedies tread the razor-thin line separating smart/stupid from stupid/stupid.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Aside from Kicking & Screaming, this is probably Ferrell's weakest comedy to date.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • I loved Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction; liked him in Old School and Talladega Nights. Yet, except for a skyhook or two, his work in Semi-Pro is strictly amateur.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Erratic, overlong and repetitive, Semi-Pro seems not to have been written but sketched out in chalkboard diagrams before the actors took their marks in front of the cameras.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Semi-Pro is precisely that: a movie that is sort of professionally made and sort of professionally acted with no serious expectations beyond earning money and offering audience members some passing entertainment.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Will Ferrell's latest comedy splits time between being a goofy basketball movie and . . . a whole bunch of other stuff, none of it particularly interesting.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Very much in the tradition of Slap Shot, Semi-Pro scores big laughs with the rowdy play-by-play of hard-luck hoopsters struggling for professional survival.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • Semi-Pro goes up for the dunk and misses the hoop, the backboard and the point. Instead, it manages to both strike out and get sacked. Whose idea was it to remake Slap Shot a la Jerry Lewis?

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Semi-Pro tries for semi-sweet when bittersweet would have been better, semi-silly when full-bore absurd was called for. And the final score? Semi-funny.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • You can't help but marvel, and laugh at, Ferrell's indefatigable enthusiasm and willingness to make a complete ass of himself.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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