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The Final Season (2007)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 37

The Final Season recycles clichés we've seen in countless other sports movies, making for an unoriginal and uninspiring addition to the genre.


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 11

The Final Season recycles clichés we've seen in countless other sports movies, making for an unoriginal and uninspiring addition to the genre.



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In the small town of Norway, IA, everyone comes together for high school baseball. But, life throws curve balls, and the passionate young players, rookie coach Kent Stock and the hometown fans find that life's greatest challenges strike off the diamond. "The Final Season" is the true story of a coach who inspired his team and brought hope to a town when they needed it most.

Apr 15, 2008


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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (37)

An exciting family picture, worthy of viewing, if only for the warm-fuzzy feeling.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Stereotypes are meant to exalt small-town values, but The Final Season is proof that it's hard to paint masterpiece in broad strokes.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Perhaps if Disney had gotten their hands on it, The Final Season would have gotten the spitball polish it needs.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Why is it enjoyable to watch sporting events depicted when we know how the games will end -- how they have to end? Where does the tension come from? Why do we care when we know already?

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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For once, here's a sports movie that doesn't feature players who are expected to lose.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Belying the claim there's no longer any truth in advertising, The Final Season is exactly the formulaic, by-the-numbers movie it appears to be. These Tigers deserved better.

October 12, 2007
Miami Herald
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...manages to overcome the entirely underwhelming nature of its first act.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Heartwarming-but-trite drama for baseball fans.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Most of the townspeople are archetypes. In fact, you get the feeling the town is populated by character actors and not real people.

October 20, 2007 Full Review
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

...strictly pro forma.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It never hits a home run. But "Final Season," an adequate movie about an above-average baseball team, isn't a loser, either.

October 17, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Other than what happens on the playing field in 'The Final Season,' there's not much else going on.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Inspirational but overly cliched with its pseudo-earnestness...In short, this heartland-based hokum about a high school baseball team is definitely corn off the cob.

October 15, 2007 Full Review
World Voice News

The tagline should be changed from How Do You Want To Be Remembered, to How Do You Want To Be Forgotten? You will find yourself forgetting too!

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

It moves along at a brisk pace, the ball games are skillfully done and its point about the need for local decisions -- like the closing a school -- to be made at the local level is a point well made.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Ever notice that sports movies that mean to inspire us with the message that winning isn't everything almost always end up with a victory?

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

So relentlessly earnest and maudlin it makes Hoosiers look like a Martin Scorsese film, The Final Season is the latest and worst sports-themed underdog story to get the big screen treatment.

October 12, 2007 | Comment (1)

Kind of Hoosiers: Part 2. But the storytelling is so backassward that it's impossible to care about any of the characters or really engage in the movie whatsoever.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Final Season

Michael Angarano, Sean Astin, Tom Arnold, Powers Booth, Brett Claywell, Nick livingston, Roscoe Myrick, Alexander Roos, James Gammon, Rachel Leigh Cook, Larry Miller

DIRECTED BY: David M. Evans

Tradition in Norway, IA (pop. 586), can be summed up in one word, Baseball. From father to son, generation to generation, this high school David exists to defeat Goliaths 10 times its size. As Coach Jim Van Scoyoc leads the team to its 19th State title, it seems following it with a 20th is a forgone conclusion. The unexpected strikes when bureaucracy intercedes merging the town with another. Petty jealousies and political designs conspire to rob Norway of its heritage and a 20th Championship. Making matters worse, legendary coach Van Scoyoc is fired and replaced with a one-season assistant coach, Kent Stock--a move that seems to guarantee the team's failure.

I guess you can say I am a sucker for these types of films. Use to watch baseball and listen to it on the radio with my dad. Never cared to much for the sport. But yet I can watch a movie about it..:)
I am a football kinda Anyways, I liked this movie a lot. It's a good (and true) story. Love the small town flicks since I'm from one. They are your all American kind of movies.. But this had some good acting, good story, and was all in all a good feel kinda flick. Definitely worth the rent.
March 15, 2010

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This is the best thing I saw on the plane and it was terrible at best. At least it's good to know that Powers Booth is still alive.
May 27, 2008

Super Reviewer

Overall, it's a good film. The performances by Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, and Michael Angarano stand out in this film. It kind of reminded me of the Dennis Quaid film The Rookie. The negative, the pacing of this film is off. The film could have been 20 or 30 minutes shorter.
January 1, 2009
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As American as apple pie and as bland as diet vanilla ice cream on its side.
October 12, 2007

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