The Babe Reviews

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Gordon Edes
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 9, 2014
While Goodman renders a portrait of Babe Ruth that in some ways is bigger than the Bambino himself, the film fails to arouse the imagination of its audience the way the ballplayer thrilled his more than 60 years ago.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Aside from being superficially written, aside from being shot with little sense of time or place, the movie portrays Babe Ruth as a man almost completely lacking in the ability to have, or to provide, happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
April 15, 2013
John Goodman's performance deserves to be seen. I just wish I could say that for the rest of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5.4
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 3, 2009
Despite Haxell Wexler's alluring lensing, this thinly dramatized, overly episodic Babe Ruth biopic resembles a telepic that has lost its way onto the big screen.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 1, 2003
A terrible bio-pic, almost as bad as William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story; Goodman is all ham; inaccuracies abound; no real sense of the game is evident.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Everything's played so big, there's no room for singles, small details that show touching moments. In Babe, everything's got to be a homer or nothing.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2014
Like Goodman's attempts to connect with the ball, The Babe lacks follow-through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 9, 2014
What could have been the Raging Bull of baseball movies becomes the nibble of a mouse on the legend of a giant.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 9, 2014
It's not a bad movie. But its sentiments are faster than its reflexes. By the time it tries to uncoil a home-run swing, the ball has already vanished.
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
July 14, 2004
The weakest baseball movie not to star Tom Selleck, Corbin Bersen, or a team of lovable black inner-city tots.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 22, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The Babe is a muddy field of dreams fertilized with a whole lot of Bull Durham.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 2, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 19, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 9, 2014
It doesn`t matter that these things really happened, because the thin staging and sentimental exaggeration make them seem extremely phony in any case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
May 9, 2014
Goodman should have been perfect for the title role: like Ruth, he's a regular Joe of hugely irregular proportions in appetite and accomplishment. Too bad Hiller and Fusco cut him down to size.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 9, 2014
Ninth-inning attempts to probe the darker side of Ruth's life and his shabby treatment at the hands of baseball during his declining years are no more compelling than the rest of this by-the-numbers bio.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Empire Magazine
May 9, 2014
Goodman inhabits the large role with much vigour and a stupid hairdo, choffing down the food, spoiling the kids in his audience and coming on to the ladies with the gusto of a slob.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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