Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Reviews

  • This one scores laughs right down to its gloriously gaga climactic smooch.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • As a cultural artifact, Talladega Nights is both completely phony and, therefore, utterly authentic. Or, to put it differently: this movie is the real thing.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • An inane parody of a triumphalist celebration of all-American sporting heroism.

    Philip French — Guardian [UK]

  • Though the movie about a moronic NASCAR racer overall is uneven and Ricky Bobby's saga lacks focus, the stupid-comical banter and the lampooning of this particular brand of car racing proves entertaining.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Talladega Nights doesn't do much more than go for the quick guffaw, and frequently the guffaw comes from stereotypical slights along the redneck vein.

    Teresa Wiltz — Washington Post

  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is the sort of cheerfully asinine comedy that twists your arm until you submit. So, to Will Ferrell -- clown, freak, bully -- I scream, 'Uncle!'

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • There's no difference between the movie and the end-credit outtakes.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Like a 30-car pileup on the high banks at Daytona, you can't take your eyes off this mess, and it is a rambunctious entertainment.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • Talladega Nights may be brash, unbridled, even unhinged, but its cornpone humor is rich in parody, and its craftsmanship is superb.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Talladega is the first comedy this year to make me laugh so hard I snorted.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Talladega Nights is an unapologetic goof fest, light as aluminum and seemingly edited with Scotch tape. But it's smart enough to buy gags in bulk and puts them in the hands of three guys who can improvise until the cars come home.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • This mildly crude yet oddly tame tale about a NASCAR hotshot who burns rubber to the top of the pole before having a speedway blowout runs on underinflated tires.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Now and then, the movie allows you to relax into its brand of stupid-smart comedy. The rest of the time your shoulders scrunch up and ask the eternal question: Why is this routine not quite working?

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The laugh quotient lags well behind Ferrell and McKay's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, but unlike many other purveyors of hip comedy, they're consistently clever without being contemptuous of their audience.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The absurdly funny Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is at once a glorious send-up of NASCAR culture and a goofy celebration of the redneck, red state, red-blooded American culture that spawned it.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • While the film spins out from time to time in subplots highlighting the world-class supporting cast, it has enough momentum to finish in the winner's circle.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is perfectly stupid chuckleheaded bliss, an achievement of the lowest and highest order. Every week should hold a movie like this.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Whether the engine on Talladega Nights is humming or sputtering, Ferrell stays gamely behind the wheel.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • Simultaneously teasing and loving a subject doesn't make for easy comedy, but writer-star Will Ferrell and director/co-writer Adam McKay pull it off with good-ol'-boy good nature in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

    Robert Koehler — Variety

  • Whoo, mama: Will Ferrell and NASCAR do make a purty pair. They go together like peanut butter and fried bananas in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

Top Movies