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Ballplayer: Pelotero Reviews

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Miles Bowe
Boston Phoenix

Ballplayer initially declares that it is about dreams, ambition, and family struggles, but by focusing almost entirely on money and market values, it strikes out.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

July 10, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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[The] Directors...try to soften...ugly truths with sentimental stories of teenagers getting signed and pulling their families out of poverty, but the portrait of widespread exploitation overwhelms the intended effect...[ END HERE ]of these subplots

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 9, 2012
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Although this film is a "must see" for baseball aficionados, its narrow scope takes it out of the big leagues.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 5/10

July 26, 2012
Sarah Block
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[Ballplayer: Pelotero shows] the contrast between the pure joy of baseball and the hardcore, and often problematic, business that it has become in the Dominican Republic.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 12, 2014
Michael Leaverton
Village Voice
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An unexpectedly gripping portrait of how MLB's sausage gets made ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 10, 2012
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Full of twists and turns, including use of a spy camera, charges of exploitation of young players and a wrenching betrayal, "Ballplayer" offers a starkly unromanticized picture of the life and times of these particular boys of summer.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 12, 2012
David Malitz
Washington Post
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An efficient and often-enthralling documentary that follows the plight of two Dominican hopefuls on their path to the major leagues.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 13, 2012
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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[An] essential, if artless, baseball exposé...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 10, 2012

An interesting film that requires you to think about where and from whom statements are coming from and consider the ideas and speculative accusations appropriately.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 11, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The next time I see some superstar athlete giving an interview that suggests the absence of a functioning soul, I'll think of the two tense, joyless boys at the center of this quietly devastating documentary.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 13, 2012
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

The doc is a sly, interesting achievement: It opens as an entertaining sports story and closes as a metaphor for government corruption.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

July 11, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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It's a wealth of semi-examined ideas about globalization and a twist on the commoditization of our national pastime, all of which are tumbled out, then largely set aside.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

July 12, 2012
Jennifer Merin

An up close look at the challenging lives of young men in the Dominican Republic who aspire to become major league baseball players in the U.S., as their ticket to a better life for themselves and their families.

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June 26, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Illuminating -- gets into the uneasy combination of moral benevolence and almost parasitic business interest that informs non-familial adults helping shepherd poor Dominican kids into pro baseball.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: B+

September 26, 2012
Ronnie Scheib
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What gives Pelotero its edge is a nexus of corruption, exploitation and betrayal that transforms this well-shot, cannily edited item into an engrossing expose.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 13, 2012
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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A scrappy documentary about teenage ballplayers in the Dominican Republic.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 12, 2012
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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A well-crafted, bravely revealing little film that could be considered essential education for baseball fans.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 12, 2012
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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A documentary narrated by John Leguizamo that provides a seldom-seen look inside the training camps run by MLB in that impoverished nation.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 13, 2012
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International

Ballplayer: Pelotero answers the question on some sports fans' minds-Why is it that 20 percent of American professional baseball players are Dominican?-by tracking the rise (and sometimes fall) of hopeful young players in the Dominican Republic.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 12, 2012
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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We're so used to hearing innocuous clichés come out of the mouths of major leaguers in postgame interviews that the accusations and innuendo in this film are startling.

Full Review Source: New York Times

July 12, 2012
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