The three losers play a series of Little League teams, snatching victory from the jaws of slapstick humiliation.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 2006-04-12
It gives me a perverse pleasure to announce that The Benchwarmers is not terrible, not terrible at all.
James Parker, Boston Globe, 2006-04-10
Just when the baseball slapstick starts wearing thin, a final-reel gush of truly cynical sentiment on behalf of the physically challenged sends the ordeal-factor off the scale.
Trevor Johnston, Time Out, 2006-06-01
It's hard to buy the movie as an underdog success story, since even the actors barely seem to exert themselves.
Ben Kenigsberg, L.A. Weekly, 2006-04-13
Like pretty much everything else bearing Happy Madison's name, The Benchwarmers kind of sucks.
Nathan Rabin, AV Club, 2006-04-13
Schneider winds up playing straight man to Spade, who once again relies on his snarky coward shtick, and Heder, who comes across like someone doing a bad imitation of ... well, Heder himself in Napoleon Dynamite.
Joe Leydon, Variety, 2006-04-10
It's a movie packed with so many idiot characters that Rob Schneider is cast as the cool guy -- and sort of pulls it off.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 2006-04-10
Filled with sprays of vomit, fountains of spit and enough hot body air to launch a flotilla of passenger balloons, The Benchwarmers is the sort of trash that Hollywood does really well.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2006-04-10
Sandler's latest ode to projectile vomiting, passing gas, gay jokes and physical insults to the groin is basically a feeble cross between The Revenge of the Nerds and The Bad News Bears.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2006-04-10
If Sandler had avoided the lowest-common-denominator humor, recast the adult ballplayers as kids, and found a decent director, he might have had a worthwhile movie. Oh, wait -- it's already been made. And it's called Bad News Bears.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2006-04-10
They hide these things for a reason, folks.
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, 2006-04-10
Let the vomit-and-gas jokes begin!
Gene Seymour, Newsday, 2006-04-08
It's so bad, it should be viewed only through a pinhole in a shoebox, much like an eclipse.
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, 2006-04-07
[The Benchwarmers] severely tests the maxim that 'There's no such thing as a bad movie about baseball.'
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2006-04-07