• PG, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Sayles
    In Theaters:
    Sep 2, 1988 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 8, 2001
  • Orion Pictures

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Eight Men Out Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Does a fine job in getting to the details of the baseball scandal.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

April 19, 2013
John Dolen
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

March 20, 2013
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
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It's a period re-created with a whoosh of energy and a redeeming vein of irony.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 20, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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The ensemble performances are of such a uniformly high caliber that our interest in the story never wavers.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 20, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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Eight Men Out never gathers much authority; the old themes have been hung on a rickety structure that constantly threatens to collapse.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 20, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The story is lumpy in spots, but fine performances and expressive camera work carry the day.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

March 20, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

March 20, 2013
Randy White
Common Sense Media

A treat for baseball fans but might bore others.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

July 17, 2009


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.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 1, 2008
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Sayles often seems like a man who, trying to stretch a single, gets caught between bases and is desperately trying to evade the rundown.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 1, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Sayles gives the film an intelligent, well-researched, nostalgic tone with plenty of quiet moments to round out the excitement.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

April 13, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2007

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Perhaps the saddest chapter in the annals of professional American sports is recounted in absorbing fashion in Eight Men Out.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 21, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 21, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Strong performances help -- especially from David Strathairn -- but it's not the great American sports drama it could have been.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 27, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Given the inevitably knotty plotting, the message is oddly unrevealing, although the film features more than enough intelligently, wittily scripted moments to remain a fascinating insight into a crucial episode in the souring of that old American Dream.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Douglas Pratt
Movie City News

he gist of t'The situation is probably captured accurately.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 10, 2005
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

One of the best sports movies of all time.

| Original Score: 5/5

November 11, 2004
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

For anyone who appreciates artistic integrity and is interested in genuinely independent films, the prolific and highly personal work of John Sayles is essential viewing.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 2, 2004
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