No, it doesn't make much sense, and yes, it's irredeemably phallocentric -- but that is, perhaps, its saving grace.
Geoff Andrew, Time Out, 2006-06-24
Even a longtime Adamophobe has to admit that Sandler is an agreeable presence here, and that the film has some funny filigree work to offset the oppressive schematics.
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, 2003-04-16
Flimsy follow-through or not, the teaming still works, and so, at times, does the premise.
Mike Clark, USA Today, 2003-04-11
Has its moments.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2003-04-11
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2003-04-11
Unless you're 15 at heart, you may need anger management yourself after sitting through this aggressively crass comedy, which alternates between mean-spirited slapstick and arbitrary uplift.
David Ansen, Newsweek, 2007-11-01
Has hell frozen over? Not only is Jack Nicholson starring in a buddy movie alongside Adam Sandler, but of the two, Sandler's low-key approach is preferable.
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News, 2003-05-02
This is the kind of coarse comedy where a fart serves as a punch line.
Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2003-04-20
Embarrassed and clueless, Mr. Nicholson is clearly slumming. As a goopy, doofus pet-clothes designer whose only talent is nostril-wiggling, Mr. Sandler comes closer to playing his real self.
Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2003-04-15
The free-associational lurch of the enigmatic Nicholson 12-step program is set to a familiar backbeat of juvenile gross-out and homosexual panic; what's truly illogical is the blithe conflation of anger management and assertiveness training.
J. Hoberman, Village Voice, 2003-04-15
[A] disaster from the start.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, 2003-04-14
A couple of brakes-off set pieces to the side, the antics here are strained, graceless and tiresomely crude, the sorts of things audiences feel they're supposed to laugh at rather than well-developed situations that generate genuine amusement.
Todd McCarthy, Variety, 2003-04-11
The promise of Anger Management lasts for all of about 15 minutes.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2003-04-11
The laughs here are painfully few and far between.
Mary Brennan, Seattle Times, 2003-04-11
A comedy that doesn't call for a review so much as a prospectus.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2003-04-11
Throw enough money at a Sandler movie and it will look like a decent film -- except when you let middling hack Peter Segal of Nutty Professor II direct.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2003-04-11
There's no clear sense of purpose, no payoff, no building to a clever climax that leaves you weak in the wake of its hilarity.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 2003-04-11
A one-joke movie that milks its central conceit long after there's nothing left.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2003-04-11