Fever Pitch Reviews

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William Goss
Film.com
May 29, 2013
...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.
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 20, 2013
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 20, 2013
The film turns out to be a substantial pleasure as the spirit of the Sox shines through.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's slickly done, pleasantly watchable, but despite Barrymore's ever-charming earnestness, not quite a home run.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 23, 2005
The movie's sentiment is nothing new for the Farrelly brothers, but its complacency certainly is.
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 14, 2005
The filmmakers are split between making the Sox obsession a lovably funny quirk and suggesting that it's haplessly infantile.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 12, 2005
Barely a screwball comedy, let alone a gunk-loaded spitball like There's Something About Mary.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 8, 2005
The Farrellys, New Englanders by birth, love the Red Sox so much that they forgive their lead character a multitude of sins that, in any of their other movies, they'd be too gentlemanly (and too humane) to ever allow.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 8, 2005
Suffers from oddly clunky pacing and long, talky passages of little verbal dexterity and zero interest, import or impact.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 8, 2005
A romantic comedy with the ultimate in feelgood endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 8, 2005
A romantic comedy that flirts with something serious but never gets past the flirting stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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April 8, 2005
Fallon is rather good, too, by the way -- his self-effacement here becomes him.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 8, 2005
One of those nicely grooved pitches with which even a novice ought to be able to connect.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 8, 2005
The screenplay, by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, struggles to make up for a fundamental lack of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 8, 2005
It's sad to watch the kingpins of gross-out try to dial down to cute. Swung at and missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 8, 2005
Screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel say they had to rewrite on the fly as the team's fortunes changed. Pity the whole movie didn't have that urgency of make-it-up-on-the-spot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 8, 2005
The Curse of the Bambino lives. And by now, it's spread to the backlot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 8, 2005
At the movie's core is a question that all couples face: How much of one's identity must a person give up in order to make a relationship work? The filmmakers show good marketing sense in balancing the romantic elements with sports.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 8, 2005
The only thing the Farrellys get right is the obsession, but even the most forgiving Red Sox fan will agree their team deserved more than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 8, 2005
The Sox won the World Series. Rarely have filmmakers had a more wildly improbable happy ending forced on them. Well, you need all the help you can get, divine or otherwise, when your two stars -- Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon -- have no chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 8, 2005
Can be funny and endearing when you don't dwell on the black hole that is Jimmy Fallon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 8, 2005
[The movie] asks what is truly required of growing up, then splits the emotional difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 8, 2005
This is definitely Farrelly-lite, or more accurately, Farrelly-soft. Simply put, the movie could use a bit of hair gel.
| Original Score: C+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 8, 2005
Merely competent yet still capable of cracking the Friday lineup and playing to big crowds. If this same movie were a baseball player, it couldn't make the softball team in a sandlot league.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 8, 2005
Fever Pitch definitely could have made a little more effort to veer off the base paths, but the movie slides by easily enough -- even if it's playing without spikes.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 8, 2005
It is very wise about men and women, leisure and responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2005
It gets the job done with a halfhearted bunt rather than a solid line drive.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 8, 2005
Fever Pitch is respectful and heartfelt about the problems that come with extreme fandom and how they might impinge on the happiness of a person who couldn't care less about Carl Yastrzemski.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 8, 2005
Do not make the mistake of thinking it is a baseball movie. It is a movie about how men and women, filled with love and motivated by the best will in the world, simply do not speak the same emotional language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 7, 2005
Other Hornby screen adaptations are About a Boy and High Fidelity -- superb comedies both and, in Fidelity's case, a treatise on male obsession with far more depth and even more laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2005
It's a prettified view of love, for sure, but as Sox fans would surely attest, sometimes fairy tale dreams do come true.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 7, 2005
Even Boston Red Sox fans are likely to turn away in disgust.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 7, 2005
It has some heart and some laughs, but the sense of emotional risk has been smoothed down to a formulaic nub.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 7, 2005
A movie worth catching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 7, 2005
This thoroughly winning if not especially good romantic comedy by Peter and Bobby Farrelly is loosely based on the Nick Hornby memoir of the same title.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 7, 2005
If you know anything about romantic comedies and professional baseball, you will find no surprises in Fever Pitch. But you will find a dandy date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2005
At times, it works brilliantly, bringing the fanatic (and mostly male) world of baseball geekdom into collision with the planet where women strive for career success and true love, usually with painful disappointment in one department or the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 7, 2005
The key to a romantic comedy working is often whether the filmmakers invest the audience in the plight of the main characters. Do we have a rooting interest in these two getting together? This is something the Farrellys accomplish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 7, 2005
Suffers from imperfect pitch.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 7, 2005
A paean to Boston Red Sox fandom that even a Yankee fan can appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 7, 2005
It's frequently amusing and awfully sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
April 7, 2005
A sweet, faux pas-free, Red Sox-adoring love story based on Nick Hornby's memoir of the same name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 6, 2005
No matter Hornby's own involvement in bringing Fever Pitch to the screen, the film ranks among the most specious acts of literary adaptation since Troy claimed to have something to do with The Iliad.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 6, 2005
It's been a while since a movie made the game of love this winning.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 4, 2005
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen about what it means to be a diehard fan.