Bull Durham Reviews

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 26, 2014
It's not just the screenplay, it's the performances and direction that make this film.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
May 6, 2014
Costner is charming as an aging catcher who decides it's time to hang up his mitt at Sarandon's place.
Dan Geringer
Philadelphia Daily News
July 30, 2013
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?
John Marriott
Radio Times
July 29, 2013
A smart, witty character piece that eschews the stale sports flick formul
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 20, 2013
Screwball Annie and hardball Crash aren't playing the same game, which is Shelton's conceit as well as a possible screen-writing miscalculation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 20, 2013
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.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 20, 2013
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.
Jamie Graham
Total Film
March 11, 2013
[Crash's] remit? To teach talented but undisciplined pitcher Ebby (Tim Robbins) about hurling a ball. And a little about life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
March 11, 2013
[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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
March 11, 2013
Rather than a vapid national epic, it is a warm, droll, deftly cracked romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
March 11, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 10, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
June 21, 2011
A winning, mature comedy about sex and baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 24, 2011
A romantic fable about baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
March 16, 2011
Classic performances, witty and insightful script, this is about so much more than baseball and will no doubt prove to be a quiet classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 16, 2011
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.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 11, 2010
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 6, 2010
Shelton's sharp sense of how these characters interact and improve each other (both knowingly and unknowingly) gives the film its impact
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 13, 2008
The Bull Durham cast was assembled with obvious care.

Film4
August 4, 2008
An unadulterated joy of a sports movie that can't be recommended highly enough.
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