Adam Sandler tells how one of his most popular films was vandalized by critics

Critics thought one Adam Sandlr’s first movie was such a burning bag of shit that it completely changed his perspective.

Although reviews for the comedian’s new Netflix film, The Hustle, have been goodSandler probably won’t read them – thanks to “Billy Madison”.

Sandler said during a Netflix chat about his new film, according to Entertainment Weeklythat the reviews of his 1995 comedy were so “harsh” that he stopped reading reviews altogether.

“Billy Madison” follows his extremely immature title character (Sandler) as he repeats grades one through twelve to inherit his father’s hotel empire.

Adam Sandler in a children’s class in a scene from 1985’s “Billy Madison.” Critics weren’t kind.

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Worst of all, Sandler also admitted that he and longtime collaborator Tim Herlihy, who co-wrote “Billy Madison,” were actually curious to see what the critics would say when the film was first released.

“We just thought, ‘Oh yeah, they’re going to write about that in New York!’ We grew up reading the papers, we went to NYU. And then we read the first one and we were like, ‘Oh my god, what happened? They hate us.’ And then we said, ‘That must have been that newspaper’, but then 90% of the newspapers say, ‘That’s rubbish.’”

Sandller said that although the reviews “sensed,” he was more worried about how his family would react to it because “you know your grandmother reads it.”

Sandler said that thanks to that first big wave of negativity, he and Herlihy decided “maybe we shouldn’t read this stuff because it’s so hard.”

“I say the first two or three, ‘Happy Gilmore’, ‘The Wedding Singer,’ we’d still kind of hear about it,” Sandler continued. “People called us and said, ‘Can you believe they said that about you?’ I’d say, ‘I haven’t read it, man.’”

Sandler has been pretty open about how he feels about bad reviews for a while. In 2015, he told radio show host Howard Stern – who admitted to panning his films in the past – that he didn’t give a damn. how critics rate his films, but he cares about how they affect the people who star in his films. “The bad reviews I get for everything I do, that part pisses me off because I’m asking my f***ing friends to be there and I’m asking them to be on this stuff and I promise them I will.” good think so.” Sandler told Stern.

He added to Stern that he’s created such a tough shell that he doesn’t even care if he gets good reviews.

“I swear to God I don’t want her. I’m not taking them,” Sandler said. “If they say I’m good at something and someone calls me and says, ‘Wow, The Village Voice said blah blah blah,’ I’m just like, ‘I don’t give a fuck.'”

However, it seems that thanks to some critical acclaim since 2015 — like 2017’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” and 2019’s “Uncut Gems” — Sandler is a little less cantankerous with critics.

“It’s okay, I understand. Critics aren’t going to connect with certain things and what they want to see,” Sandler said, according to EW. “I understand that it doesn’t click with them.”

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