• 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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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

Rachel Griffiths creates genuine tension, but true to the Disney spirit, Hancock bails the audience from contemplating the fate of the hero too long.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs

June 10, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie is so resolutely cobbled together out of older movies that it even uses a totally unnecessary prologue, just because it seems obligatory.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 29, 2002
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

This entry in the genre is a true story that is, sadly, hampered by some signposted plot developments and undernourished characters.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2014
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's one of those baseball pictures where the hero is stoic, the wife is patient, the kids are as cute as all get-out and the odds against success are long enough to intimidate, but short enough to make a dream seem possible.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 29, 2002
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

I would almost rather have seen an A&E biography than a concocted Hollywood parable of unrealized dreams.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

High drama, Disney-style -- a wing and a prayer and a hunky has-been pursuing his castle in the sky.

Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

March 27, 2002
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The Rookie: rated G for gooey godly wholesomeness. May cause drowsiness.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 25, 2002
Dustin Putman

Features a handful of memorable scenes but...doesn't garner the type of impact it should.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

March 16, 2002
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Credit to the actors for still making it such a heartwarming affair, but like its leading character, The Rookie had the potential to be so much more.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 2/5

August 18, 2003
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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This is a boy's movie, a fact director John Lee Hancock ... and screenwriter Mike Rich ... make clear with such images as an anonymous boy and his dad in the stands watching the big game together, the father whispering pointers to his son.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 1, 2002
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Maybe it's asking too much, but if a movie is truly going to inspire me, I want a little more than this.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 24, 2002

I left the cinema feeling pleased, but also kinda hollow. The film lets us bask and reflect rather than involving us in the meat of a story.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2002
Bradley Null

The result is a stilted string of short stories, many of which we've seen before.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2002
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Is it me or does this movie feel like the sanitized version of Bull Durham to anyone else?

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 5/10

February 27, 2002
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Should you possess the slightest trace of sophistication, it's likely to strike you as the sort of sappily uplifting parable that's usually confined to the small screen.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

March 27, 2002
Bill Gallo
New Times

It's a paint-by-numbers job of the worst sort, stuffed with more tired old baseball baloney than Harry Caray and about as dramatic as shagging flies in St. Pete.

Full Review Source: New Times

March 28, 2002
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

A paint-by-numbers, cliché-riddled story that has one thing working in its favor -- it's based on stuff that really happened.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

March 29, 2002
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Morris' story is exciting on its own terms, but the filmmakers seem unable to comprehend how to tell it originally and authentically.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 29, 2002
Pam Grady

Manages a hit right down the middle.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 29, 2002
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

The story is very keen to coddle its emotions and wrap the sports action in old songs.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 29, 2002
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