'Here Comes the Boom' Critic Reviews

72%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
38%
Rotten Tomatoes:   89 reviews
  • Neil Genzlinger New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    A moderately enjoyable, nontaxing sort of comedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mike McCahill Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    The Wedding Singer's Frank Coraci retains an endearing fondness for funny-faced bit-parts, but it's fundamentally formulaic in construction and mediocre in execution.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Here Comes the Boom telegraphs every punch in its arsenal, but when the comedy connects, it can deliver with funny force.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean O'Connell Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    For the most part, "Boom" lazily follows Adam Sandler's proven recipe for box-office success.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Janice Page Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    [It] delivers repeated blows - to the abdomen, to the head, and to the groin, but not often enough to the funny bone.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Call it Waiting for Superman Punch.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    "Here Comes the Boom" is all banality, though it delivers some goodwill even as it pulls a muscle trying to get its premise going.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    'Here Comes the Boom' is enjoyable -- or, at the very least, not torture like 'Grown Ups' ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Once it gets going and commits to its time-worn inspirational formula, it's not half-bad.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Weak humor and vanilla plotting have replaced legitimate drama, pathos, and character development.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    "Here Comes the Boom" is so full of cliches from other, better movies that it is almost plays like a parody of an underdog tale.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Barbara VanDenburgh Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    The film would have the same audience that came to see James get elbowed in the face also get weepy over disadvantaged schoolchildren.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Anderson Variety (Top Critic)
    The overall tenor is clangorously discordant.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    "Here Comes the Boom'' is low on raunch but even lower on laughs. It also looks like half the lighting crew failed to show up.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    It delivers exactly what's expected from a flabby mishmash of high school inspirational tale and Mixed Martial Arts fighting exhibitionism ladled out by Adam Sandler running mate Frank Coraci ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Film.com (Top Critic)
    It's nice that the hero goes to the mat for what he believes in. But he's not the only thing that comes down with a thud.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Here Comes the Boom will probably connect like a haymaker with most of its intended audience. The leads are likeable, and the plot, though beyond incredible, is at the very least distracting.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Germain Associated Press (Top Critic)
    50
    When [James] starts winning some bouts and becoming a contender, the movie's credibility skyrockets into "Rocky" territory and beyond.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    30
    The film works hard at its inoffensiveness. Throughout, jokes are left on the table, setups never pay off in any significant way.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    70
    A lightweight action-comedy that only tries to entertain, but at least it meets that modest goal. And it knocks out lighter weight comedies like The School of Rock.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Jim Schembri 3AW
    60
    The highly likeable Kevin James headlines a highly likeable school/sports comedy lark in which he again plays a lovable oaf.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Bruce Bennett Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
    42
    The 'Mr. Holland's Opus' meets 'Rocky II' story will satisfy some who long for innocuous content, even those who know James deserves better material.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Linda Cook KWQC-TV (Iowa)
    50
    An average made-for-TV-type movie that makes its way onto the big screen, 'Here Comes the Boom' doesn't pack much of a punch.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Mail
    20
    Now, then. When is Stallone going to start playing a head teacher? Maybe the switch would work the other way...
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Ken McIntyre Total Film
    40
    105 painful minutes of a fat guy getting punched in the face and falling down.
    Full Review » 1 year ago