BuzzedMovies’s review published on Letterboxd:
You can take that trophy and shove it up your ass. That pretty much sums up the theme of the movie’s message and character arcs.
This seemingly lighthearted & occasionally irreverent movie touches on some heavy issues: adult intervention in kids’ sports, an aloof father figure, and overbearing parents to the point of abuse are just a few. Bad News Bears does an admirable job of balancing these themes with gags and good old fashion summer fun throughout.
I appreciate that the kids were portrayed as normal people with quirks, flaws, and varying motivations. It’s a void in modern day family entertainment.
Characterization, a familiar plot, and little league nostalgia work together to deliver a thoroughly entertaining movie well into the 2010s and beyond.