Balls of Fury is barely getting it over the net, according to most critics, who find the ping-pong-meets-martial-arts comedy lifeless and unfunny. “It's the kind of comedy that finds Asian people hi-lar-ious because they're...Asian. (Are you laughing yet?)," writes Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman.
The film is little more than tired martial arts parody, notes the Los Angeles Times. Balls marks the film debut of Tony-winner Danny Fogler, who drew a slew of unfavorable comparisons to Jack Black. Some critics did find the film slightly funny. Viewers can "settle back and enjoy that modest degree of goodness," writes Roger Ebert.