The Rookie Reviews

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 12, 2014
At two-plus hours, The Rookie is a good 20 minutes too long, but for father-son teams waiting eagerly for the umpire's "Play ball!", it's an uplifting season opener.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
May 12, 2014
Morris ultimately lasted two partial seasons in the majors, and the film's rendering of his minor-league struggle is so enjoyable you want to see more of that and less of the everyday life preceding it.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 12, 2014
Though Hancock traffics in a lot of bogus small-town sentiment, The Rookie exhibits a refreshingly honest understanding of baseball as a job, with long road trips away from home and a workmanlike routine.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
May 12, 2014
As Morris, the reliable Quaid throws heat, delivering smoothly in dramatic scenes and convincingly from the mound.
Glen Oliver
IGN Movies
May 12, 2014
Refreshing and compelling.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
May 12, 2014
This entry in the genre is a true story that is, sadly, hampered by some signposted plot developments and undernourished characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
March 12, 2013
It's Quaid and his fellow actors, Rachel Griffiths and Brian Cox, who lift the film out of its intermittent doldrums, and together they deliver that rare thing: a nuanced sports movie.

Total Film
March 12, 2013
The Rookie is shot through with star-spangled sentiment, but its light touch and "true story" origins combine to make it feelgood fun even for schmaltz-phobic Brits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2013
Until The Rookie came along, I'd forgotten how good and smart a family film can be.
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 22, 2013
Slow moving, even pedestrian at times, yet this Dennis Quaid vehicle cranks out a lot of genuinely heartwarming moments along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 23, 2012
Deftly constructed to stoke the baseball-phenom fantasies of coulda-shoulda-woulda middle-aged guys and fields-of-dreaming young diamond studs.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 14, 2011
Earnest, uplifting baseball melodrama
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Sweet and engaging despite some flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 17, 2010
In one of his greatest performances, Dennis Quaid puts nasty velocity and wicked movement on his delivery. A patient, emotionally honest sports film about resurrecting a dream and investing all you never knew you had.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It spreads the inspirational butter thicker than the diamond action and buries the school team beneath Morris' quest for a new career, but develops a lyrical sense of what it's like to resurrect self-worth and chase one's dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
August 1, 2008
Earnest to the point of blandness.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 9, 2007
The Rookie is one of those rare, wonderful 'formula' films that ... favors understatement over exaggeration, subtlety over sentimentality.
| Original Score: A
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
I would almost rather have seen an A&E biography than a concocted Hollywood parable of unrealized dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2007
All the uplift could easily get cloying, but director John Lee Hancock knows how to keep things in control, and the whole is surprisingly satisfying.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
A fine example of heartwarming real-life drama, with performances that ring true and some terrific moments that befit a classic American Dream story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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