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The Longest Yard

Sport . Crime . Drama . Comedy

Pro quarter-back Paul Crewe (Sandler) and former college champion and coach Nate Scarboro (Reynolds) are doing in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in a football game 'fixed' to turn out quiet another way.

Actors: Burt Reynolds , Chris Rock , Adam Sandler , Michael Irvin , Nelly , Bill Goldberg , Terry Crews , Bob Sapp , Nicholas Turturro , Dalip Singh Rana
Directors: Peter Segal
Country: USA
Release: 2005-05-27
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  • Joe Leydon

    Sandler impressively assumes the Reynolds role here, with strong support by Reynolds himself and a slightly restrained but frequently hilarious Chris Rock.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    What links the two films in fun and ferocity is the big game, a ripsnorter that is irresistibly entertaining.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The Longest Yard more or less achieves what most of the people attending it will expect. Most of its audiences will be satisfied enough when they leave the theater, although few will feel compelled to rent it on video to share with their friends. So, yes, it's a fair example of what it is.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    The new version has the zip of a 96-yard punt return and all the ingredients to inspire the celebratory crushing of empty beer cans.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Its crass good humor makes it an enjoyable, reasonably faithful but over-the-top successor to the original.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    This agreeable remake still manages to go the distance.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    It's a definite crowd-pleaser and a perfectly fun night at the movies.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Sandler's frequent director, Peter Segal, also rises to the occasion, giving the proceedings some of the rough-hewn, hard-edged look of the original, and brings it to a funny, satisfying climax that -- happily -- doesn't cop out.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Whether you'll enjoy this loud and rowdy remake of a 1974 Burt Reynolds film depends on your tolerance for three things: football, Adam Sandler and unabashed product placement.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Though Sandler's resemblance to a pro athlete is indiscernible, his mockery of authority and his penchant for buffoonery and slapstick violence make him more of an heir to Reynolds than might be expected.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The pleasure is entirely like eating cake made from cake mix. It's not like you don't know how it's going to turn out, or how it tasted the last time you ate it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The new jokes all seem like discards from a Rob Schneider comedy, but for the most part director Peter Segal (Anger Management) and screenwriter Sheldon Turner play a good defensive game, sticking close to the original film's story.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Each joke and one-liner is a made-for-HBO zinger, each scene with Sandler a reaffirmation of the old friendship between the two successful SNL alums.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    It's a misguided, miscast remake of the 1974 Robert Aldrich classic.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    What makes the new movie almost bearable is the byplay between Sandler and Chris Rock.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    No classic, but neither was the original starring Burt Reynolds. Instead, it's an odd mix of amusing nonsense and nastiness that chugs along, hit and miss, until the last section, which is the best part of the movie and its real reason for being: the game.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Everyone in this overstaffed showbiz sampler has been better somewhere else. An assortment of talented comedians, character actors, professional athletes, sports commentators, one rapper, and two former sitcom stars sit in this movie like too much food on a buffet cart.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The lack of condescension is the movie's saving grace, if grace is the right word. There's no snobbery to the low-blow humor, or to Reynolds' low-key, genial comeback turn, or to Sandler's more-ingratiating-than-athletic lead performance.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Consistently entertaining, athletically brutal, and, more often than not, well-acted.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Setting such larger aesthetic questions aside, there isn't much to dislike about The Longest Yard, at least once you've gotten used to the pervasive fear of homosexuality that seems to ooze from the film's pores. Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    Peter Segal's film, a predictable, choppy affair at best, boasts an understated, likable performance by Sandler, but here we never feel, as we did with the original, invested in the outcome of the final game, or convinced of the redeemability of the movie's sordid protagonist.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The 2005 version refashions the material into a dual vehicle for Chris Rock and Adam Sandler, "Saturday Night Live" alums who specialize in lazy, ramshackle comedies that are just okay enough to not completely suck.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ed Halter

    Future analysts of American culture...will no doubt ponder why an incarceration-crazy society ends up rooting for the objects of its own control anxiety as comedic underdogs.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    It strains to be funny where the original's gags were efficiently deadpan, yet it's also so unbearably lazy, stooping to cliché and caricature when it backs itself into the shower.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    If you're thinking of seeing it, and you're old enough to drive (or even read this), do yourself a favor and rent the original instead.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Sandler's performance is aimed squarely at the fans who love his smarty-pants man-boy shtick and Rock gets off some funny lines, but overall this is one dreary, formulaic slog through sports-movie cliches.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    The Longest Yard lives or dies with its physical humor, a form of recent comedy I like to call slapstick sadism.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    It's less a film than a series of skits exhumed from the Reynolds original.

    Empire Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    "The Waterboy" was funny because Sandler doesn't look like a football player. When he swaggers around The Longest Yard starting fights and taking beatings without flinching, he only reminds us how little Steve McQueen and how much Woody Allen there is in him.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Softer, louder and cleaner than the 1974 version, the new film sentimentalizes the prisoners and the game, filing down their sharpest edges so that winning becomes a matter of triumph rather than resistance.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Whether it's the sight of Reynolds squeezed painfully into a football uniform or the endless footballs-to-the-crotch and tired gay jokes, The Longest Yard has the feeling of mutton dressed as lamb.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kevin Williams

    Where the original was a serious film with funny moments, this movie isn't sure if it's a drama or comedy, too incompetently rendered to be both. What it accomplishes instead is to be nothing at all. An excessive, stupid, empty-headed nothing.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The result is a quickly paced, slickly filmed entertainment that's also as crude and rude as the PG-13 rating will allow. It's mighty mean-spirited too, aiming "satirical jibes" at everyone from black illiterates to white rednecks, from breakers of the law to enforcers of the law, from society's elites to society's dregs.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    What was already a raucous put-on, a goof on Aldrich's brutal action movies, is now a hyperbolic, gross-out cartoon, with a cast of enormous ex-football stars (plus the 7-foot-2-inch Indian wrestler Dalip Singh) only adding to the air of facetiousness.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    That's what is missing from The Longest Yard most egregiously. Charm has been kept on the bench.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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