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Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 180
Fresh: 116 | Rotten: 64

While not a home run, Fever Pitch has enough charm and on-screen chemistry between the two leads to make it a solid hit.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 23

While not a home run, Fever Pitch has enough charm and on-screen chemistry between the two leads to make it a solid hit.



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Nick Hornby's acclaimed memoir about one man's struggle to balance his love of a woman and his love for soccer was the basis of a well-reviewed British film in 1997, and now gets a Americanized rewrite with this picture, in which the game is changed from soccer to baseball. Ben (Jimmy Fallon) is a high-school teacher who meets Lindsay (Drew Barrymore), who has a successful career in business. Ben and Lindsay don't appear to have much in common on the surface, but they hit it off and are soon


Comedy, Romance


Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel

Sep 13, 2005


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All Critics (180) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (116) | Rotten (64) | DVD (26)

...tries to deal with the messy process of nurturing a proper adult relationship rather than simply shoehorning two lovers into a predictable set of catastrophic circumstances until they finally succumb to one another.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source:
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Stripped of almost all the brothers' usual crudeness, Fever Pitch proves what we've suspected all along: That beneath the gross-out gags and freak-show humor, Peter and Bobby Farrelly are just a couple of lovable romantics.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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The film turns out to be a substantial pleasure as the spirit of the Sox shines through.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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It's slickly done, pleasantly watchable, but despite Barrymore's ever-charming earnestness, not quite a home run.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The movie's sentiment is nothing new for the Farrelly brothers, but its complacency certainly is.

April 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The filmmakers are split between making the Sox obsession a lovably funny quirk and suggesting that it's haplessly infantile.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Perfectly enjoyable but perfectly forgettable.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Coincidentally, it's the second great romantic comedy to end with Drew Barrymore on a ball diamond and the only work of fiction to feature Jimmy Fallon as a believable human being, as Fallon handles possible pregnancy with unexpected dramatic presence.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source:

Maybe you have to love the Red Sox to really enjoy Fever Pitch, but then you never really had to know sports to know a pretty bad movie.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The Farrelly brothers soften their customary inclination toward gross-out humor with a tender and earnest adaptation of a novel by Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity").

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source:

Despite the charming actors and promising setup, they never really hit it out of the park.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Drew Barrymore gives an excellent performance as a lady-in-waiting opposite Jimmy Fallon's equally-impressive portrayal of a jittery, baseball-obsessed beau.

June 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

For a light-hearted romantic comedy, there are a number of genuinely touching moments of love.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

It's a lot of fun.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Anyone familiar with the conventions of the rom-com genre knows how all this is going to turn out.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Barrymore has rarely been so bright and effortlessly charming, but it's all lost on Fallon, who often resembles one of those unfortunate SNL guests who freeze up on live TV, completely out of their element.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

El fin de la maldición del Bambino, un buen guión y la irresistible Drew Barrymore. Combinación otoñal fresca y exquisita.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

It does what it sets out to do, which is earn a few laughs and a few smiles. But it's all too run-of-the-mill.

September 13, 2005 Full Review Source:

Apesar de inferior ao original (e ao livro), esta é uma adaptação charmosa que, graças à simpatia de Fallon e Barrymore, sobrevive aos excessos ocasionais dos irmãos Farrelly.

September 5, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Not a Farrelly brothers classic, and (some testicle-washing aside) not much in the way of their trademark gross-out humour, but the boys from Boston do an admirable job of transferring Hornby's story into the States and onto the baseball diamond.

August 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Sweet, charming and never less than watchable, thanks to Drew Barrymore's winning performance.

July 30, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It's not pitch perfect but the leads make a winning team.

July 26, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

Audience Reviews for Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch)

Smart, charming and filled with laughter. Fever Pitch hits it out the park with the outstanding on-screen chemistry of Barrymore and Fallon. With the mixture of romance and baseball, the film delivers with spark and flare. 5/5
August 28, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

An alright romantic comedy.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Sarah: All right, Lindsey. What's the matter with this one?
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