The Perfect Game Reviews

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William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
May 13, 2014
No ironic detachment for William Dear's latest film: It may have every cliché in the book, but The Perfect Game means everything it says.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
May 12, 2014
It's all stencil work without a single touch of novelty, inspiration or originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 2, 2013
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.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
A welcome addition to the expanding genre of baseball films.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 25, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 13, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2010
Notable only for being a catalog of just about every kid-pic cliche' ever committed to film.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Tim Avery
Christianity Today
May 7, 2010
The Perfect Game is an earnest tribute, but the story could have been rendered more convincingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
April 30, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 30, 2010
This movie is what's known as family entertainment, which means in this case that it's interesting and harmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 30, 2010
Director William Dear is not one to miss a sentimental beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
April 19, 2010
[From] the second minute of the movie I knew every single thing that was going to happen and there was not a single surprise.
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
April 17, 2010
A perfect family movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 16, 2010
It's an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy based on the true-life story of scrappy young baseball players from Mexico.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
April 16, 2010
Sentimental, inspiring tale about Little League underdogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
April 16, 2010
So overwhelmed by its own based-on-actual-events tale that it can't find the tone to tell it effectively.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
April 16, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 16, 2010
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 16, 2010
This inspirational film, written by first-timer (and producer) W. William Winokur, is not for cynics or those resistant to cute kids (and child actors sometimes given to mugging).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 16, 2010
A big, bland serving of corn that wouldn't have been out of place on The Wonderful World of Disney 50 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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