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How Adam Sandler Really Feels About Critics Who Hate His Movies



As Sandler admitted to AARP in 2022, the harsh critical reactions to his films “sometimes” sting, but he doesn’t “get too shook up” about it. To explain, Sandler told a story about his father. “Something didn’t go right for me. I bombed onstage or didn’t get an audition. I was upset and probably embarrassed,” he remembers. “And [my father] said, ‘Adam, you can’t always be happy. People aren’t always going to like you. You’re going to fail.’ I said, ‘But I just want to be happy, man.’ … He said, ‘You won’t actually know you’re happy if you don’t feel that other stuff.'”

This wasn’t the first time that Sandler had addressed the criticism levied against his films, either. In 2000, while promoting “Little Nicky,” Sandler told The Harvard Crimson that when he made “Billy Madison” he cared what the critics thought. “But now I realize I didn’t get into this business to have a critic like me,” Sandler said. “I got into it to get people to laugh.”

Similarly, in a 2004 interview with IGN about “Spanglish,” Sandler claimed that he didn’t care much about reviews during the early stages of his career. “I never thought about what people would say about me,” he said. “I was just a young guy who was excited to become a comedian and an actor and I just wanted to get to do what I got to do.” When talking to The Independent in 2013, Sandler was even more blunt: “I could almost write the piece for them by now. But then [I] remember that I didn’t get into movies to please the critics. I got into it to make people laugh and have fun with my friends.”

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