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The Replacements

Sport . Comedy

Maverick old-guard coach Jimmy McGinty is hired in the wake of a players' strike to help the Washington Sentinels advance to the playoffs. But that impossible dream hinges on whether his replacements can hunker down and do the job. So, McGinty dusts off his secret dossier of ex-players who never got a chance (or screwed up the one they were given) and knits together a bad-dream team of guys who just may give the Sentinels their title shot.

Actors: Rhys Ifans , Jon Favreau , Faizon Love , Orlando Jones , Brooke Langton , Gene Hackman , David Denman , Troy Winbush , Ace Yonamine , Keanu Reeves
Directors: Howard Deutch
Country: USA
Release: 2000-08-11
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  • Larry Terenzi

    An agreeably and unapologetically lightweight late-summer blockbuster.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    As obvious as they get, and it wears its message on its bloodied jersey.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    Formulaic but surprisingly charming.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The story of the triumphant underdog is irresistible, even when every single plot point comes marching down Main Street.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Slap-happy entertainment painted in broad strokes, two coats thick.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    So lazy and rote, it feels like a rerun the first time you watch it.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Harmless, mindless and shameless.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Just like a low-budget football comedy, only with money.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    Any ESPN commercial at all leaves it in the dust when it comes to imaginative firepower.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Deutch never raises the film beyond its paint-by-numbers blueprint.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • F. X. Feeney

    Although this movie doesn't have an ounce of depth, it's so thoroughly amiable and upbeat that you'd have to be in a fighting mood to find fault with it.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    A frankly formulaic but agreeably funny comedy about has-beens, wannabes and never-weres.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The incisive, close up photography by ''The Sixth Sense'''s Tak Fujimoto outclasses the story by yards.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steve Simels

    A genial and instantly forgettable sports comedy.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    One of those movies that goes for a jarringly new emotion every 30 seconds or so while the story's foundation is collapsing.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Sometimes seems longer than a rainy Super Bowl.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Jessica Winter

    Lame even by triumph-of-the-underdog sports-comedy standards.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Marc Caro

    This is the laziest kind of filmmaking.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    So vulgar and incoherent that even Hackman's gifts can't score a touchdown.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    You might want to sit out this season.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    A movie so lame that Keanu Reeves lends it gravity with his mere presence.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    A field goal, not a touchdown.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • J. Rentilly

    Mind-achingly mediocre in every regard.

    TNT RoughCut Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Like two hours of outtakes in search of a studio audience.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    It's absolutely awful, and even Gene Hackman can't carry it across the goal line.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Sean Means

    A sports movie as distinguishable as one M&M in a bag, working off a formula as easy-to-read as an onsides kick. Full Review
  • Tom Keogh

    Merely reconfigures the same predictable gross-out jokes, sentimental platitudes, and decorative sex that figure into half the screenplays in circulation. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    A haphazard film about half as sophisticated as the average beer commercial.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    A desperate, broad comedy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    This programmatic male-bonding comedy doesn't even borrow well.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    The worst movie of the new millennium. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    What The Replacements does have is energy.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
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  • 7. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) Performer: C.C. Music Factory as C & C Music Factory Stream Music Online
  • 34. Strikebreakers: I. The Bus Arrives II. Armed Guards III. Lets Play Football IV. Field Tactics V. Bateman Rocks Performer: John Debney & Font 48 Stream Music Online
  • 37. Football: Replacement Style: I. Get Me the Ball II. Cochran Scores III. Were In Business Performer: John Debney Stream Music Online
  • 39. Training Camp: I. Falco Drops the Ball II. Hes Wirey III. Clifford Franklin Performer: John Debney & Font 48 Stream Music Online