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Bull Durham (1988)

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97

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 2

Kevin Costner at his funniest and most charismatic in Bull Durham, a film that's as wise about relationships as it is about minor league baseball.

100

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 0

Kevin Costner at his funniest and most charismatic in Bull Durham, a film that's as wise about relationships as it is about minor league baseball.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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A blend of comedy, drama and romance, Bull Durham follows the intertwining of three lives brought together by the great American pastime. Crash Davis (Kevin Costner, showcasing his Midwestern charm) is a perennial Minor Leaguer assigned to the Durham Bulls, a hapless team with a long tradition of mediocrity. There he tutors a young, dim-witted pitching prodigy, Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) in the ways of baseball, life, and love. Each strikes up a romance with Annie (Susan Sarandon), the team's

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Oct 28, 1998

Orion Pictures

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (2) | DVD (28)

Screwball Annie and hardball Crash aren't playing the same game, which is Shelton's conceit as well as a possible screen-writing miscalculation.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed the film, displays a knowledge of and affection for the national pastime. You can see it in the knowing detail he brings to even the minor characters.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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[Shelton is] uncanny at putting us inside his players' heads when they're on the mound or up at bat, running their private litanies of encouragement and subversion to psych themselves up.

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Rather than a vapid national epic, it is a warm, droll, deftly cracked romantic comedy.

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The acting in Bull Durham cannot be faulted and should be remembered at Oscar time. Sarandon has one of the juiciest female roles in years and she makes you think no one could play it better.

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Shelton locates the tension and the humor between pitches, between ball games, between the sheets. It helps too that he has written the wittiest, busiest screenplay since Moonstruck, and that his three stars do their very best screen work.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Costner is charming as an aging catcher who decides it's time to hang up his mitt at Sarandon's place.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Bull Durham is the feel-good movie of the Summer of '88. The sooner you see it, the happier your summer's going to be. So what are you waiting for?

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

A smart, witty character piece that eschews the stale sports flick formul

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Bull Durham is a jaunty, refreshing comedy that mixes sex The ambling pace and inventiveness of Bull Durham are the doing of Shelton, a filmmaker worth watching. This film is a tidy summing-up of one aspect of America`s favorite sport.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

[Crash's] remit? To teach talented but undisciplined pitcher Ebby (Tim Robbins) about hurling a ball. And a little about life.

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

I will always respect Bull Durham for what it represents in terms of love of baseball, but it will not be on my list of favorite sports movies.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

This witty, sharply observed tale belnds sports, comedy and romance and benefits immensely from the appealing performances by Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A winning, mature comedy about sex and baseball.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A romantic fable about baseball.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Classic performances, witty and insightful script, this is about so much more than baseball and will no doubt prove to be a quiet classic.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Deserves its status among sports films, but its ongoing appeal reflects that it's something more: an old-fashioned romantic comedy that succeeds in establishing and deepening memorable characters through memorably flavorful dialogue. [Blu-ray]

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Shelton's sharp sense of how these characters interact and improve each other (both knowingly and unknowingly) gives the film its impact

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The Bull Durham cast was assembled with obvious care.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

An unadulterated joy of a sports movie that can't be recommended highly enough.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for Bull Durham

The grooming relationship between the classy, seasoned catcher, Crash, and the callow, rookie pitcher, Nuke, is funnier, more exciting, and more heartwarming than Annie's pseudo-intellectual, baseball is religion, poetry is foreplay, seduction wiles.
June 28, 2012
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

I had trouble at first believing that BULL DURHAM was a comedy. The film possessed a comic mood, but there wasn't much worth laughing at. That is not to say that there wasn't anything humorous. Susan Sarandon may have been what brought the film to being so entertaining, with her endless wit and personality. In one scene, she tries to read Nuke poetry by Walt Whitman. When he appears to have no knowledge of who Whitman is, she nonchalantly grabs his attention by linking him with baseball. Her narration, too, is quite memorable, and the last lines...well, they make the film.
January 29, 2012
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

    1. Millie: [Annie snaps off the radio] Crash must've called the guy a cocksucker.
    – Submitted by Marty S (23 months ago)
    1. Joe "Skip" Riggins: What's our record, Larry?
    2. Larry Hockett: Eight and sixteen.
    3. Joe "Skip" Riggins: Eight... and sixteen. How'd we ever win eight?
    4. Larry Hockett: It's a miracle.
    5. Joe "Skip" Riggins: It's a miracle. This... is a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball.
    – Submitted by Adam K (2 years ago)
    1. Crash Davis: Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You'll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you'll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press'll think you're colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.
    – Submitted by Jorge S (2 years ago)
    1. Crash Davis: ...I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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