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Ballers - S01E07

Comedy . Drama . Sport
 

Ricky ends up flying off the handle. Spencer and Charles say farewell to Roddney.

 
Episode Title: Ends
Airs: 2015-8-2 at 10:00 pm
  • Kyle Anderson

    Plenty of automotive and beachside real estate escapism, but underneath lurks a funny, fast-moving skewering of the same types of headline-grabbing controversies Roger Goodell would like you to forget. [19 Jun 2015, p.58]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    Johnson surprises with hints of vulnerability behind that mega-watt smile. The show is also very funny.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The same strut and swagger is here, except Ballers feels smarter and more clear-eyed about the dangers of this culture, in ways "Entourage" never did.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    In Ballers [Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson] brings it in full and then makes the sale.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Here, a strong cast and sharp writing prove to be a winning combination.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    The good news is that Ballers has its own energy, humor and terrific performances, notably by Johnson.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Having watched three episodes, I’m hooked on its mix of laughs and seriousness.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson’s is magnetic as Spencer Strasmore.... That’s not to take anything away from the supporting players; if Johnson is the quarterback, they’re the necessary fullbacks, tackles and tight ends that make the team whole.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    Johnson, in a non-action role for a change, is surprisingly good, offering up a multi-dimensional character.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    The pace is steady. The characters feel authentic. And The Rock carries the rest with an addictive swagger and occasional intimacy.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The show is nicely packaged and every performance is a knockout, including Troy Garity as Jason, Spencer’s former agent who still makes dreams real for current NFL players. In another context, he’d be named Mephistopheles.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Ballers and The Brink aren't at that level [of Veep and Silicon Valley] just yet, both show promise--and both are welcome summer additions.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Although it looks at first to be a sports-world "Entourage," a horrifying thought, it proceeds to reach for something better.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    In its second half the Ballers pilot finds its footing and the show’s trajectory becomes clear, playing like an entertaining mix of HBO’s “Entourage” and “Arli$$” and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Diane Gordon

    Overall, Ballers is good bro-down TV in the same vein as “Entourage.” Dwayne Johnson does a solid job of leading the ensemble, and he’s totally believable as a guy who’s best buds with athletes.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    Like Entourage, it boasts an affable cast. Johnson is the real draw, able to flex dramatic muscles he's not often given the opportunity to use.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Ballers is imperfect, but Johnson carries it with the assistance of a strong supporting cast and rock-solid filmmaking.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Ballers sits right on the fence separating indulgent male fantasia from knowing spoof of the same, but it goes down surprisingly easy, considering the familiarity of its DNA.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    Johnson himself is the best part of Ballers, a charismatic, mostly responsive force that is our window to the precarious world of retirement from football. His perspective on the life of the partying ball player is one of nostalgia. But in the absence of forward momentum, the camera turns to looking for shock value anywhere it can.

    Salon Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Ballers is hardly a must-watch yet, and the early episodes rely on a lot of familiar problems-of-fame stories. But it has potential.

    Time Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Ballers won’t win the Super Bowl, but it’ll keep you watching.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The show males good use of Johnson's winning smile.... Overall, though, its view of life after football is more sad than funny.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    Ballers isn't bad, per se, but it doesn't really try for anything, either.

    Vox.com Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Ballers isn't especially bad, but nor is it especially good.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s hard to tell whether Ballers means to make the high life seem as rote and empty as it does (my hunch is that the producers and writers are given more to bouts of envy than sermonizing), but the show and its actors are so much better when zooming in on serious matters.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Set in Miami, Ballers is good at showing both the shiny high life of professional athletes and its dark, sad underbelly. But if you’re looking for laughs, keep looking.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Ballers isn’t savvy enough about its subject matter to leave a mark. Sure, it’s easy enough to watch, but almost wholly inconsequential, and forgotten as soon as the final gun sounds.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Ballers is hollow at its core.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    The fact that even [The Rock] cannot liven things up should indicate just how rote Ballers feels.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    What’s frustrating about Ballers is that no one seems capable of learning from mistakes, either his own or someone else’s.... That makes for unrewarding, predictable drama, though the writers occasionally try for better.

    The New York Times Full Review