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The Waterboy

Comedy . Sport

Bobby Boucher is a water boy for a struggling college football team. The coach discovers Boucher's hidden rage makes him a tackling machine whose bone-crushing power might vault his team into the playoffs.

Actors: Adam Sandler , Kathy Bates , Fairuza Balk , Henry Winkler , Jerry Reed , Lawrence Gilliard Jr. , Blake Clark , Peter Dante , Jonathan Loughran , Al Whiting
Directors: Frank Coraci
Country: USA
Release: 1998-11-06
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  • Peter Travers

    Offers dumb fun without apology.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Arguably Sandler's most enjoyable motion picture to date, but it's still far from a masterpiece.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    No one does deranged quite like Kathy Bates (the film's running gag involving Bates and the delicacies of Cajun cuisine is hilarious).

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    This escapist comedy is so cheerfully outlandish that it's hard to resist, and so good-hearted that it's genuinely endearing.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    The Perrier of dumb-and-dumber movies, an effervescent idiot's delight that burbles from the wellspring of silliness inside star Adam Sandler's head.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    A deluge of funny, inane jokes.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Peter Stack

    An unabashed wallow in the moronic humor of Adam Sandler.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • John Haslett Cuff

    As a satire on the only true religion of the American South -- football -- The Waterboy is a delight.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's not "Billy Madison," quite, but The Waterboy is still pure Sandler. If you like that sort of thing.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Glenn Lovell

    This yahoos-on-the-bayou farce is neither inventive nor outrageous enough.

    Variety Full Review
  • Caroline Westbrook

    Perfectly watchable, undemanding fun, but you can't help thinking that a slightly darker tone would have gone a very long way.

    Empire Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Of course it's dumb, but every 10 minutes or so, it's also pretty funny.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Joshua Klein

    A mess of bad timing, bad jokes, and bad ideas so lame that even Sandler's idiot man-child mugging can't enliven the proceedings.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Follows a leadenly predictable path that will be more than familiar to anyone who's seen a recent sports movie, or any Sandler movie.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Another film about . . . a cretinous, grating loser.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    Geek-triumphs-after-all comedies can be charming, but in this one the triumphing begins so early it's hard to feel for the geek.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Sandler is making a tactical error when he creates a character whose manner and voice has the effect of fingernails on a blackboard, and then expects us to hang in there for a whole movie.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ron Wells

    A stupid summer movie.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Becomes yet another lame sports farce.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    As funny as it can be, this underdawg comedy isn't much more than Sandler's golf-oriented "Happy Gilmore" with a Cajun accent. [6 November 1998, p. 10E]

    USA Today Full Review
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