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Based on 25 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 10
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film takes a true story and drags it through a swamp of hyped-up Hollywood cliches. show more

  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Hardball works where it counts, on the emotional level. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Those who were upset by the tragic ending of last year's "Pay It Forward" should be warned away. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A by-the-numbers tearjerker notable mostly for the most adorable little sluggers this side of the "Bad News Bears." show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Cynics may roll their eyes at Hardball's earnestness, but the movie proves even the most conventional stories can move and engage you, provided they're told well. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It drifts above the surface of its natural subjects, content to be a genre picture. We're always aware of the formula--and in a picture based on real life, we shouldn't be. show more

  • 50
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Remains watchable when it's not hitting you like a baseball bat with poignancy. But by the time you've endured all of the shamelessly manipulative plot turns and heart-yanking speeches that close out the movie, all you can do is cry foul. show more

  • 50
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Ultimately, the kids carry this manipulative tear-jerker. They're warm, lively charmers. show more

  • 38
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    As shallow and manipulative a movie as any that come to mind. show more

  • 40
    Cody Clark Mr. Showbiz

    The actors playing the team members have stereotypical roles, but these kids have got game. show more

  • June 26, 2011 welcome discotj
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    Excellent Teenage movie.Shows what can happen when violance enters a neighborhood.

  • July 05, 2008 Ricky
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    Much too sad on my part at the end, but the rest was not the most interesting thing I've seen.

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