Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
This escapist comedy is so cheerfully outlandish that it's hard to resist, and so good-hearted that it's genuinely endearing.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
The film is amiably goofy.
Jeff Millar - Houston Chronicle
Long on crude, cheap humor and short on, well, anything else.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
A character whose manner and voice has the effect of fingernails on a blackboard!
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A series of quickly repetitious sight gags!
Susan Stark - Detroit News
It's definitely for the fans!
Bob Fenster - Arizona Republic
The formulaic mix of mirth and mayhem is aimed way down the MTV food chain...
Glenn Lovell - Variety
The peculiar comic energy of Sandler's idiot character gets lost because he's off screen for a good deal of the movie.
Robert Horton - Film.com
As a satire on the only true religion of the American South -- football -- The Waterboy is delightful.
John Haslett Cuff - Globe and Mail
The Waterboy is arguably Sandler's most enjoyable motion picture to date, but it's still far from a masterpiece.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Sandler makes the laughs go down easy, even if The Waterboy isn't exactly quality H2O.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
- Sight and Sound
Really dumb, but many teens love it anyway.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
An agreeable yet forgettable comedy...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
There's an innocence to The Waterboy that makes the picture part slapstick and part fairy tale...The only problem with letting kids see this Adam Sandler movie? They might want to see another one. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
A predictable, formulaic, dumb comedy that has about as much depth as Bobby . . . unless you think of it in Forrest Gump terms, and then it begins to get a little less offensive and a little funnier.
James Plath - DVDTown.com
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
- Boxoffice Magazine
Hands up anyone who shelled-out cash at the cinema to see this pathetic sporting comedy...What were you thinking of?
Perfectly watchable, undemanding fun, but you can't help thinking that a slightly darker tone would have gone a very long way.
- Empire Magazine
The Waterboy is scrappy and funny and achieves its modest aim, which is to make us laugh like grade-schoolers. The doofus boy triumphs again.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The direction is as blunt and vacant as the plotting, the jokes are obvious and the performances (with a couple of exceptions) charmless.
- Time Out
No stretching involved, but he delivers. It's a safe date film.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
It's a piece of comic fluff that has lots of laughs and appeals to the kid in us all.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
The Waterboy is a disappointment, even by standards associated with Adam Sandler's work.
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
Adam Sandler movies are like kumquats -- you either like them or you don't.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
God knows, it tries, but most of the jokes fall flat, and the movie never gets off the ground.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The Waterboy should have been sacked long before it reached the theater.
Kate Manning - Palo Alto Weekly
Sandler proved last year that he can be believable as a real person, but if he insists on playing overblown caricatures, he may not get many more chances.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Not only can one see the film's "twists" coming a mile away, the jokes along the way are extraordinarily flat as well.
James Rocchi - Netflix
It ain't really thought provoking, but you can't deny it's terrific entertainment.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
We've got somewhat entertaining trash here.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
Kathy Bates prova ter a tendencia de se transformar numa especie de Michael Caine de saias: um artista de grande talento que se envolve em producoes abaixo de seus padroes.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
could not be any more boring, predictable, and patently unfunny
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
While the film doesn't have much of a brain, it does have heart.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
It appears Sandler doesn't have to be "normal" to be funny.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Sandler and his frat-house friends have done the infant-in-an-adult-body shtick to death!
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
All of Sandler's worst tendencies are on display for all the world to see.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Jackie Loohauis - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As a whole, it's not so much stupid as it is boring.
Paul Tatara - CNN.com
The script by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler has all of the depth and originality of a failed pilot for a television sitcom.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
- Irish Times
art it ain't, but 'The Waterboy' is pure, undiluted Sandler, in the kind of role only he could pull off. The movie also owes much of its success to divinely hammy Kathy Bates and the spooky-sexy Fairuza Balk
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
The only redeeming feature of the movie is a nicely underplayed performance by Henry Winkler as the nervous and intimidated coach.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The type of film that must have been made for 8-year-olds.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
This is a movie that could have been much better.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Although uneven, the film certainly has its heart in the right place.
Thom Bennett - Film Journal International
For every chuckle-worthy gag, there's another that never gets off the ground.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
It is one of the dumbest pieces of garbage Hollywood has put out this year!
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Stupid, stupid, stupid: Shame on Sandler & Co.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Good and dumb, in equal measure!
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Adam Sandler has made predictable movies with worn out plots an artform.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Adam Sandler's latest moronic film instead continually opens a can of dumb ass on filmgoers.
Sandra Ramani - Citysearch
The Waterboy is a slide backward.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Sandler, who really is close to comedy genius when he's being original, is just plain awful.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
You can lead Adam Sandler fans to "The Waterboy," but you can't make them think.
Julie Hinds - San Jose Mercury News
It's surprisingly refreshing to watch Sandler make a fool out of himself.
Matt Lawrence - Filmcritic.com
This one really IS moronic enough to be entertaining!
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Uninspired, one-joke film gathers very little in momentum, is forgiven for its obviously standard plot, but not for its lack of constant humor or originality.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The trailer for 'The Waterboy' contains anything and everything from the film that might captivate an audience-the rest is just chafe.
Michael Atkinson - Mr. Showbiz
Even if Sandler wasn't so irritating, it would be hard to feel sorry for him.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Dan Tobin - Boston Phoenix
There's something funny and endearing about Adam Sandler, even if his moronic movies are simply variations on each other and he always plays the nerdy, hapless hero.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Una pelicula con la que uno puede pasarse 90 minutos entretenido pero nada mas
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
This picture is almost entirely unintelligible three- or four-minute set pieces loosely held together by the football theme.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A damned funny movie!
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Sandler proves yet again that the comedic buffoon character is an effective cinematic tool for tickling the funny bone.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
A mildly amusing bayou farce with plenty of 'foosball' action to liven the sometimes plodding proceedings.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The story is really just a flimsy premise for a series of gags.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Dumb as his movies may be, Sandler can always make me laugh.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Sandler has proven himself a worthy alchemist with The Waterboy, transforming swamp water to Evian. Quite a refreshing if moronic romp. Sandler rocks!
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
For anyone expecting the comedy to rise beyond the moronic, The Waterboy is all wet!
- E! Online