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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
For Mr. Sayles, whose idealism has never been more affecting or apparent than it is in this story of boyish enthusiam gone bad in an all too grown-up world, Eight Men Out represents a home run.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's an insider's movie, a baseball expert's film that is hard for the untutored to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If John Sayles were a ballplayer, they'd call him Lefty -- not for his pitching arm but for his politics. The devoutly liberal filmmaker's political point of view is certain. It's his dramatic focus that sometimes gets fuzzy.