Anger Management 2003

Critics score:
43 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News: With Sandler as his simpering straight man, Nicholson makes faces shamelessly, rude noises shamefully, but he can't make Anger Management funny. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: A stoopid movie, front-loaded with infantile shtick. Read more

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: [A] disaster from the start. Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: Punch-Drunk Love for the masses. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: Some of the movie is so primitively staged that you can almost hear someone leafing through the book of instructions that came with the camera. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It has its funny moments. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Though Anger Management does have some amusing moments, it's too undiscriminating and scattershot to be worth paying attention to. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Folks who loved Punch-Drunk Love won't care much for Anger Management, but cameo appearances by a host of famous names occur frequently enough that we're forced to stay alert, if only to catch them. Read more

Paul Clinton (, Anger Management is not going to go down in history as a comedy classic, but it should generate great box office numbers and its broad approach will appeal to Sandler's loyal fan base. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: A comedy as bracing and furiously right for the moment as it is broad and huggable. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: It's always a relief to come out of an Adam Sandler movie without a case of hives, and you can comfortably attend Anger Management without prophylactic antihistamines. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: A happy experience. Read more

John Powers, L.A. Weekly: Like so many Sandler vehicles, the movie isn't actually funny, but keeps feeling as if it should be. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Lumpy, bumpy and uneven, but often enjoyably nuts. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: 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. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: This is the kind of coarse comedy where a fart serves as a punch line. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: 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. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A one-joke movie that milks its central conceit long after there's nothing left. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The concept is inspired. The execution is lame. Anger Management, a film that might have been one of Adam Sandler's best, becomes one of Jack Nicholson's worst. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, The only thing you'll be mad about is spending 10 bucks to watch Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler try too hard. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: A comedy that doesn't call for a review so much as a prospectus. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: Strenuous, spottily amusing. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: The promise of Anger Management lasts for all of about 15 minutes. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: 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. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: No, it doesn't make much sense, and yes, it's irredeemably phallocentric -- but that is, perhaps, its saving grace. Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: Flimsy follow-through or not, the teaming still works, and so, at times, does the premise. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: 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. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: 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. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Miller time for the funny bone. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Sandler's blank, doughy countenance seems duller than ever. Read more