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Here Comes the Boom

7/10
Sport . Comedy . Action
 

A high school biology teacher moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to save the school's music program.

 
Actors: Frank Coraci , Nicholas R. Grava , Charice , Bas Rutten , Greg Germann , Reggie Lee , Joe Rogan , Henry Winkler , Kevin James , Salma Hayek
Directors: Frank Coraci
Country: USA
Release: 2012-10-12
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  • Scott Bowles

    When the comedy connects, it can deliver with funny force

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Once it gets going and commits to its time-worn inspirational formula, it's not half-bad.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Knuckleheaded though this faculty-member-turned-MMA-fighter comedy is, there's no denying the plot's lefty credentials, snuck in like Raisinets among the popcorn.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Like James in the ring, it doesn't pack a lot of power, but it comes out swinging and sweats for applause.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    So even if Here Comes the Boom doesn't quite work as a comedy (it's not particularly funny), or a drama (it's not particularly poignant), it has an earnest charm that keeps us engaged.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Here Comes the Boom is stale and vanilla. We know we're in trouble early when the first joke fails.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    If you can choke down the implausible notion that the doughy Kevin James would last more than five seconds in a mixed martial arts ring, Here Comes the Boom is a moderately enjoyable, nontaxing sort of comedy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Stephen Cole

    A farther-fetched fantasy: In addition to asking we believe our loosely packed academic can play Rocky, Here Comes the Boom imagines a world in which butterball Everyman Scott and the fabulously lush Bella (Salma Hayek) might argue and bill and coo and eventually fall in love.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Sean OConnell

    What's missing from this color-by-numbers screenplay is the bizarre touch of eccentric humor Sandler often lets creep into his comedies.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The pure mechanics of Here Comes the Boom land it in an enjoyable, if forgettable, space.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    It's all harmless, if not entirely fun.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Janice Page

    Kevin James's latest comedy doesn't promise any bing or bang, only boom. Take it at its word.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A cloddish, harmlessly drecky comedy from the Sandler factory of crude mush.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ken McIntyre

    Cue 105 painful minutes of a fat guy getting punched in the face and falling down.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Few people will be surprised by how it all unfolds or by how it all ends. This is a movie about lightweight entertainment and heavyweight fighters, not a movie about surprises.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    The film works hard at its inoffensiveness. Throughout, jokes are left on the table, setups never pay off in any significant way.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    Boom was produced under the auspices of pal Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions, which has a tendency toward broad-comic morality tales and multiplex populism that often shades into remedial-level pandering.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    All banality, though it delivers some goodwill even as it pulls a muscle trying to get its premise going.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    The first half hour of Here Comes the Boom is so good moviegoers might be fooled into expecting something better than an obvious wish fulfillment fantasy so patently implausible it's almost insulting.

    Movieline Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Hands of stone meet heads of air in Here Comes the Boom, a sports story so daffy it may as well star Kevin James.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Low on raunch but even lower on laughs. It also looks like half the lighting crew failed to show up.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Loud, incoherent and unfunny, Here Comes the Boom is the sound of American culture imploding.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Here Comes The Boom seems to have made it from the pitch stage - Kevin James does MMA to save his school or something! - to the big screen without an iota of inspiration, ambition, or personality seeping in at any juncture.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    "Here Comes the Bomb" would've been a more fitting title, but props to Henry Winkler for rising to the occasion and turning in a sweet, idealistic performance in a film that otherwise feels like a tawdry commercial for the UFC and MMA.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    As a comedy, the film aims low and manages to miss the mark entirely.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    Although it's not as bad as it could be, the film is still middle-of-the-road fare for comedy fans who are already firmly in James' corner, delivering the sort of brainless laughs that James is famous for. [18 Oct 2012]

    Arizona Republic Full Review
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