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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 12
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    To be honest, I started hearing things, too. Just when Jones was delivering an inexcusably sappy speech about baseball being "a symbol of all that was once good in America," I heard the words "If he keeps talking, I'm walking." show more

  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    This movie reverie has an almost laughable '80s tone - a yuppified style and even language - that practically buries Costner. [21 Apr 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1] show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Imagine: a pseudo-intellectual baseball fantasy loaded up, like a spitter, with seductive sentiment. You can distrust the mix, but still like the movie - and I do. [21 Apr 1989, Life, p.D1] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is the kind of movie Frank Capra might have directed, and James Stewart might have starred in - a movie about dreams. show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Despite a few wrong turns early on, the movie gathers graceful momentum and heads straight to the warm heart of the book - that fond spot located just on the safe side of sentimentality, a feel- good place that doesn't leave any feel-stupid fallout. show more

  • 75
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    As shrewd and accomplished as the movie is, there's still something uncomfortably manipulative about it... It doesn't explore its primal theme as much as it exploits it, tapping into the automatic, nearly universal power of guilt and regret. [21 Apr 1989, Friday, p.A] show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The picture almost overwhelms you with sheer niceness. Unfortunately, this effect doesn't last; eventually the movie goes too far and overdoses on its own saccharine. [2 May 1989, Arts, p.11] show more

  • 100

    What it's really about is taking a second chance to make good on old regrets and dead hopes. Never mind the baseball, this is one for the heart, made beautifully. show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    Ultimately, the film relies too heavily on consensual acceptance of baseball iconography as some kind of symbolic shorthand for all kinds of American values. These days, most of us prefer the NBA. show more

  • 60
    Brad Laidman Film Threat

    If you're in the right mood this movie will bring a tear to your eye. If you're not you're probably already watching "Reservoir Dogs". show more

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