The Perfect Game Reviews

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Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
April 15, 2010
Think of it as the "Good News Bears."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 15, 2010
...a bunch of appealing youngsters paired with the terrific character actor Collins and "The Perfect Game," while corny, is less treacly than it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 15, 2010
A very sweet, very slight family movie that scores smiles and tears of joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2010
The heart of both the story and its telling do help in smoothing over other deficiencies, sweet and disarming in its belief that something like a baseball game can make a bigger difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
April 15, 2010
The climactic drama of the championship game owes largely to the fact that, despite their unprecedented success as a foreign team in the tournament, young Angel Macias and his teammates somehow didn't go down in history, at least not stateside.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 15, 2010
A paper-thin telling of a genuinely remarkable story that lifts the bullet points of a Mexican team's unprecedented run through the Little League World Series, and fills out the rest with stereotypes and rank sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
April 15, 2010
Barely dramatizing off-the-field struggles like visa problems and the boys' first taste of good ol' American racism, the film does a disservice to the community it depicts by rendering an inspiring cultural story entirely uninspired.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 15, 2010
I could go on and on with a list of the things wrong with The Perfect Game, but none would explain why I was a misty-eyed sucker for it in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 15, 2010
Think south-of-the-border Bad News Bears.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
April 15, 2010
This entertaining film is so full of factual inaccuracies that are unnecessary they degrade the final product.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 15, 2010
there is a tricky line for a film to walk between earnest sweetness and syrupy schmaltz. The Perfect Game pulls off this balancing act with a combination of smart direction and even smarter casting
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2010
Well-meaning but thick with cliches.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 15, 2010
The film is perfectly mediocre, which is heartbreaking, not heartwarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2010
You sort of know how these underdog sports movies turn out. Doesn't matter. The Perfect Game so expertly uses the charisma and personalities of the actors, especially the young ones, that it's thrilling anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 14, 2010
What's surprising are the poignant undercurrents about race and jingoism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 14, 2010
The odd engaging moment is always followed by a cloying eye-roller, such as when a nearly-new ball appears on their dusty Monterey sandlot. "Father, what does it mean?" "It means God wants us to play baseball!"
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
April 14, 2010
Although based on the real-life tale of nine underage underdogs from Monterrey, Mexico who swept the 1957 Little League World Series, this Cinderella sports story rings false from first pitch to last.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
April 14, 2010
(Recommended for) Little League coaches and teams whose schedules look like 10-run rules waiting to happen. Kids on the sweet end of that rule will scoff at this overly earnest story of diamond underdogs winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
April 14, 2010
It's unforgivably clunky at times, but as a whole, the picture is innocuous enough to give family audiences a decent underhand pitch of approachable hopes and dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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