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The Perfect Game (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 19

It's bogged down with an unfocused script and countless sports movie cliches, but The Perfect Game still manages to charm with its unabashed sweetness and a stirring final act.

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 11

It's bogged down with an unfocused script and countless sports movie cliches, but The Perfect Game still manages to charm with its unabashed sweetness and a stirring final act.

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William Dear (Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann) helms the period baseball drama The Perfect Game, a cinematization of real-life events that transpired in 1957. Clifton Collins Jr. stars as Cesar Faz, a 1950s baseball player who immigrated from Mexico to the U.S. with the intent of making it as a Major League player. After encountering racism and hostility that stand squarely in the way of his success, Faz high-tails it south of the border and decides instead to coach a Little League team,

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Drama, Kids & Family, Sports & Fitness

W. William Winokur

Aug 2, 2011

$1.0M

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Notable only for being a catalog of just about every kid-pic cliche' ever committed to film.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Director William Dear is not one to miss a sentimental beat.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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[From] the second minute of the movie I knew every single thing that was going to happen and there was not a single surprise.

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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It's an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy based on the true-life story of scrappy young baseball players from Mexico.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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So overwhelmed by its own based-on-actual-events tale that it can't find the tone to tell it effectively.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Anyone much older than, say, 10, will likely find the underdog saga sappy and manipulative, not to mention filled with sports movie cliches, including the following statement: "It will take a miracle to make them into a real team."

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The Perfect Game proves that you don't always have to reach for lofty heights to work. It's certainly not a classic. It's a simple pleasure for those times when that's all you need.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Views

A welcome addition to the expanding genre of baseball films.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's hard not to root for an underdog, especially a relentlessly optimistic one, and the reality is Game has a lot of heart. But not much in the way of legs.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Packed with everything you'd want from an inspiring sports story. The pieces aren't put together as neatly as one would hope, but the film easily achieves the intended effect.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

The Perfect Game is an earnest tribute, but the story could have been rendered more convincingly.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

A very slow and terrible film. This little league baseball story is so full of holes, that even diehard fans of the game would be hard pressed to sit through it. Paul Chambers, CNN.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

This movie is what's known as family entertainment, which means in this case that it's interesting and harmless.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A perfect family movie.

April 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Sentimental, inspiring tale about Little League underdogs.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There has been only one perfect game in the history of the Little League World Series, and the story is as unlikely and as perfect as any underdog sports-movie fairy tale.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

The script's focus is all over the place, and it surely doesn't help that each uplifting moment of this underdog story feels contrived and cloying.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Think of it as the "Good News Bears."

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Beliefnet
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Audience Reviews for The Perfect Game

I had read before that Mexico had won the Little League World Series in 1957 and 1958. What I hadn't read, was anything about this team. I had no idea what they had to go through just to make it happen. This could easily be considered the greatest baseball story of all time. They not only overcame the fact that they had never played organized ball before. They had to overcome financial issues, discrimination and not having a coach for a while. This team had some kids with real talent, and I think they won because they wanted it more. I thought the acting in this movie was a little forced, but it was not terrible. Cheech Marin does a good job playing the priest. It has some more famous child actors as well as Marin, including Jake T. Austin who plays Max on Wizards Of Waverly Place and Moises Arias who played Rico on Hannah Montana. I think all the kids do a pretty good job. The movie is supposed to have a relaxed, light-hearted and family friendly feel and it does. However, it does not have this in a cheesy way. It takes on racism, and shows how the Mexican team overcame racism not only for themselves, but for a black player from another team in a restaurant. It shows the impact that they left on the people who saw them play. A local Texas reporter who hates baseball eventually develops into a person who loves this team and wants to cover them at Williamsport. I like the part where they get advice from the groundskeeper, who turns out to be legendary Negro League player Cool Papa Bell. There were a lot of elements included in this movie that really make you think, that hold your attention and capture your imagination. I rented this from a Redbox and watched it twice before taking it back. This movie also made me want to learn more about the real life team and I found a lot of good articles. I would recommend this movie for any serious baseball fan, and for any family that is looking for a good film to watch together. It crosses that audience spectrum in the same way that The Sandlot, Angels In The Outfield, Little Big League and Rookie Of The Year do. This story/movie has become one of my favorites ever. Highly recommended. Don't expect an Oscar winner in production quality, but it's a great watch nonetheless. 2-10-14
February 11, 2014
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Bruce Bruce

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A wonderful story, presented in a very hoaky, melodramatic way. A decent effort, but even I (who likes touching stories) found myself rolling my eyes in more than one scene. Another funny aspect to this movie: the kids from Mexico all talk English amongst themselves. However, when there is a scene with someone who only speaks English, they only verbalize in Spanish. That was very different.
January 14, 2012
itsjustme2004

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We were very lucky to see this film even though the release was very scarce. The film stars Disney Channel stars Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place) and Moises Arias (Hannah Montana). It also stars Hayden Panettiere's younger brother, Jansen Panettiere. Them and other young actors play poor kids from Monterey, Mexico who all love one thing...BASEBALL!

Along comes a man who played for the St. Louis Cardinals who is willing to make the boy's dreams of comepting in the Little League World Series in Texas. They then embark on an uplifting adventure built around hope and teamwork.

The Perfect Game is an uplifting, funny, and heartwarrming family film. The acting is great and the script is great! The young boys in the movie are believable and likale. This movie is highly reccomended. We think every family should see this!
November 5, 2010
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Bentley Lyles

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