The Final Season Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 3, 2008
...manages to overcome the entirely underwhelming nature of its first act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Heartwarming-but-trite drama for baseball fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 20, 2007
Most of the townspeople are archetypes. In fact, you get the feeling the town is populated by character actors and not real people.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jennifer Preyss
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 20, 2007
An exciting family picture, worthy of viewing, if only for the warm-fuzzy feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 19, 2007
...strictly pro forma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 17, 2007
It never hits a home run. But "Final Season," an adequate movie about an above-average baseball team, isn't a loser, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 16, 2007
Other than what happens on the playing field in 'The Final Season,' there's not much else going on.
Frank Ochieng
World Voice News
October 15, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
October 14, 2007
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!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 12, 2007
Stereotypes are meant to exalt small-town values, but The Final Season is proof that it's hard to paint masterpiece in broad strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 12, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 12, 2007
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 12, 2007
Perhaps if Disney had gotten their hands on it, The Final Season would have gotten the spitball polish it needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 12, 2007
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
October 12, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 12, 2007
For once, here's a sports movie that doesn't feature players who are expected to lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 12, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 12, 2007
Remarkably, the movie rights itself once the actual season begins, focusing on game strategy more than the usual heart-stopping pep talks.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 12, 2007
The US corn surplus is in no way eased by The Final Season, an Iowa high school baseball saga that goes heavy on the inspiration, sports-movie cliches, and high-fructose syrup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
October 12, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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