Slap Shot
Slap Shot (1977)

Paul Newman plays Reggie Dunlop, the coach of a pathetic minor-league American hockey team. His career at a standstill and his marriage in tatters, Dunlop has nothing to lose by taking on a new group of players who are one evolutionary step… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 25, 1977
DVD Release Date: January 5, 1999
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Raunchy, violent, and very funny, Slap Shot is ultimately set apart by a wonderful comic performance by Paul Newman.

Dan Epstein
Rolling Stone

Slap Shot remains the greatest sports flick of the 1970s.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

There are still some nice touches of absurdist satirical wit hanging out along the sidelines, given extra bite by Dede Allen's superbly pacy editing.

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Don Shanahan
25YL (25 Years Later)

A rough-housing comedy where any resulting penalty minutes for poor conduct are unabashed and even heralded.

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Newman is literally a diamond in the rough, and it requires a certain forebearance to separate his quality from the surrounding raunch.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Slap Shot has a kind of vitality to it that overwhelms most of the questions relating to consistency of character and point of view.

Bernard Drew
Gannett News Service

Director George Roy Hill has contrived to keep the cameras and players in almost constant motion in the funny and energetic film.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Slap Shot may have done a lot of fast skating and some solid body checking, but in the last period it makes a final costly slip -- and misses its goal.

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Variety Staff

Half the time Hill invites the audience to get off on the mayhem, the other half of the time he decries it.

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Ruth Batchelor
Los Angeles Free Press

Nancy Dowd's (first) script is so clear and chockfull of realities in the sports world that it makes me want to stand up and cheer:

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A sports movie? Well partially so, but besides being a fun- loving cultural memento of its time Hill's film is a pointed social commentary on the huge… More
Alex roy
Slap Shot is one of the greatest sports comedies ever made. Starring Paul Newman in the role of Reggie Dunlop, Captain of the Charlestown Chiefs, this film set… More
Ken Stachnik
Easily as fun as a barrel full of monkeys.
Tim Salmons
Filthy, foul, and completely of the bend, this is an absolutely hysterical movie. Most people call it the best sports movie ever made, and while I can see why,… More
Chris Weber
For me, sports movies are okay. Like all genres, they have their good ones, and their bad ones. Who would have thought that one of the best sports movies is… More
Pierluigi Puccini
A riot. Even if Hockey has never been my sport, I think this is the kind of movie that after a while you start to think about the characters as your buddies.… More