Eight Men Out Reviews

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 6, 2014
The tone of Eight Men Out is reminiscent of the droll irony of John Huston's considerations of the vanity of human wishes and the corrupting power of money.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Travers
People Magazine
May 6, 2014
The light shed on this dark period of sports history makes Eight Men Out essential moviegoing. But what makes it heartbreaking is watching the toll taken on champions betraying their talent on a field of honor.
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
May 6, 2014
Unfortunately, the movie's didacticism returns in the lengthy and somewhat tedious courtroom ending dealing with the aftermath of the Series.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
May 6, 2014
It's a sad and compelling piece that is totally convincing and doesn't require a knowledge of baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 19, 2013
Does a fine job in getting to the details of the baseball scandal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Dolen
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 20, 2013
Sayles deftly re-creates the forces that drove men at top of their class on the diamond to take bribes: big-time crime in Chicago and heartless management in the head office.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2013
It's a period re-created with a whoosh of energy and a redeeming vein of irony.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2013
The ensemble performances are of such a uniformly high caliber that our interest in the story never wavers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2013
Eight Men Out never gathers much authority; the old themes have been hung on a rickety structure that constantly threatens to collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 20, 2013
The story is lumpy in spots, but fine performances and expressive camera work carry the day.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 20, 2013
In an ensemble movie like this one, an actor who grabs too much of the limelight can throw everything out of focus. The cast Sayles has assembled understands the value of teamwork.
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A treat for baseball fans but might bore others.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 17, 2009
In 1988, writer-director John Sayles made his most ambitious film to date with this intelligent chronicle of the 1919 sports scandal, cast with some of the best actors around (Strathairn, Cusack, Sweeney, Sheen).
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Film4
August 1, 2008
Sayles' excellent film is more of a human tragedy than a sports movie -- meaning that even those with a limited knowledge of baseball should find it fascinating stuff.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
Sayles often seems like a man who, trying to stretch a single, gets caught between bases and is desperately trying to evade the rundown.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 13, 2007
Sayles gives the film an intelligent, well-researched, nostalgic tone with plenty of quiet moments to round out the excitement.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 21, 2007
Sayles not only depicts the circumstances that led to the fix (most notably Sox owner Charles Comiskey's legendary tightfistedness), but he also re-creates the games in great detail, making the best possible use of an athletic cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 21, 2007
Perhaps the saddest chapter in the annals of professional American sports is recounted in absorbing fashion in Eight Men Out.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2007
Baseball fans might find this marginally absorbing; for anyone else it's as conscientious and stylistically pedestrian as Sayles's other films, and a mite overlong to boot.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 27, 2006
Strong performances help -- especially from David Strathairn -- but it's not the great American sports drama it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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