• G, 2 hr. 7 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Lee Hancock
    In Theaters:
    Mar 29, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 27, 2002
  • Buena Vista Distribution Compa


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The Rookie Reviews

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 12, 2014
David Germain
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

May 12, 2014
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

May 12, 2014
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

As Morris, the reliable Quaid throws heat, delivering smoothly in dramatic scenes and convincingly from the mound.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

May 12, 2014
Glen Oliver
IGN Movies

Refreshing and compelling.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies

May 12, 2014
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 12, 2013

Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

March 12, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Until The Rookie came along, I'd forgotten how good and smart a family film can be.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 12, 2013
David N. Butterworth

Slow moving, even pedestrian at times, yet this Dennis Quaid vehicle cranks out a lot of genuinely heartwarming moments along the way.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 22, 2013
Joe Leydon
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Deftly constructed to stoke the baseball-phenom fantasies of coulda-shoulda-woulda middle-aged guys and fields-of-dreaming young diamond studs.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 23, 2012
Emanuel Levy

Earnest, uplifting baseball melodrama

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

July 14, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Sweet and engaging despite some flaws.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 29, 2010
Nick Rogers

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2010
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The Rookie is one of those rare, wonderful 'formula' films that ... favors understatement over exaggeration, subtlety over sentimentality.

| Original Score: A

September 9, 2007
Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 26, 2007
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

My all-time favorite baseball movie.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2006
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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If they gave an Oscar for Best Performance in a Mediocre Movie, Dennis Quaid should already be clearing his mantelpiece.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Charlie Brown

It shows us that things may not be like they used to, but we can still enjoy the celebration of things past.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

February 1, 2004
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