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Field of Dreams (1989)

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87

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 7

Field of Dreams is sentimental, but in the best way; it's a mix of fairy tale, baseball, and family togetherness.

58

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 5

Field of Dreams is sentimental, but in the best way; it's a mix of fairy tale, baseball, and family togetherness.

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"If you build it, he will come." That's the ethereal message that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. At first, "he" seems to be the ghost of disgraced ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), who materializes on the ballfield and plays a few games with the awestruck Ray. But as the weeks go by, Ray receives several other messages from a disembodied voice, one of which is "Ease his pain." He realizes that his

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All of this would work better if Robinson built up the reality of the town more, made the citizens a more palpable presence, as Frank Capra did in Hollywood's greatest fable-fantasy, It's a Wonderful Life.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The sentimentality, of which there is plenty, is nicely balanced by a humor of ironic pragmatism, as when Ray, having built his baseball field as a monument to human dreams, decides to charge tourists $20 a head to visit it.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Despite a lovely cameo turn by Burt Lancaster, Field of Dreams is the male weepie at its wussiest.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (4)
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The life-equals-baseball masterpiece still packs an unexpected kick.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Field of Dreams sustains a dreamy mood in which the idea of baseball is distilled to its purest essence: a game that stands for unsullied innocence in a cruel, imperfect world.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The conception is sentimental, but the storytelling remains assured and effective.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Rightfully a ballgame classic, this is sentimental nonsense, sure, but charmingly so.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This fantasy drama from director Phil Alden Robinson is a delightful blend of the blind-fate story and the more fanciful feel-good corn of Frank Capra.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Field of Dreams isn't a home run. It's more like a suicide squeeze: if it hadn't been perfectly executed, it wouldn't have worked. But as they say in baseball, a run is a run.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Alden's script goes from charming to preposterous to preachy.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

[A] special experience, sort of an It's a Wonderful Life for the late '80s.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Too idiosyncratic and witty merely to wallow in sentimentality, Field Of Dreams will surely stand as a classic update of what made Old Hollywood so magical. It's still a wonderful life.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Instant baseball classic for whole family.

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

Widely regarded as a modern populist classic, the film is both a fabulist fable and a celebratory baseball movie that acknowledges scandal within the sport but also the game's transcendent ability to rise above attempts to damage its integrity. [Blu-ray]

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

One of the best films of the 80s

August 17, 2008
Moviehole

That rare thing, a poignant movie which manages to drain the tear ducts without ever resorting to cheap manipulation or clichéd sentiment.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A rare choke-up movie for guys and one of 1989's biggest hits.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Quite simply one of the best sports movies ever.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Whether you view it as Capracorn or Capraesque would depend on your values, but there's no denying the film evokes the vastness and grandeur of Middle-America

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Audience Reviews for Field of Dreams

Is the film 100% perfect? No, but it's damn close. Kevin Costner leads with a powerhouse performance, being told by "the voice of god" to build something in order to have someone come. Once he realizes it is a field he must build, in order to have his most beloved player on the field, he gives himself a mission, which has him travelling across the globe, trying his best to accomplish the tasks at hand. As this is happening, the bank is about to foreclose on his home. This film really tells the incredible story of how life itself is more important than any tangible thing. The direction is brilliant, the script is wonderful, and the performances are true. I loved "Field of Dreams" from start to finish. One of my all-time favourite films revolving around sports/family!
April 5, 2013
KJ Proulx

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It's delightful for what it is...but what it is is a movie about ghost baseball players that I wouldn't watch over and over again, unlike Die Hard. Once is enough :~P The beginning has a nice thrillery feel, and I enjoy how Ray's wife is happily supportive, but when it becomes a buddy road trip movie, the flimsy connections between Terence Mann and Doc Graham just don't cut the cheap ballpark mustard.
June 28, 2012
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

The premise of someone building a baseball diamond over his corn field because a voice and a vision told him to may sound a bit silly. But it's presented so convincingly and charmingly that you're easily on Ray's side and curious about what his journey through modern US American (sports) myths) has in store for him. The more often the voice returns, the more fantastic the film gets without ever becoming ludicrous or giving up its sweet sense of humor. Costner is of course the perfect man to play that leading role. The rest of the cast delivers excellent performances as well, especially James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster fill their lovable characters with so much charisma. How all this makes perfect sense in the end is nothing less than a fairy tale, but a sweet, charming one that will leave you with a satisfied grin on your face. There's a feel-good-movie, if I ever saw one. And you don't even have to be into Baseball to love this.
November 10, 2011
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

"I wish I could tell everyone I've ever loved --- but never told --- just what they've meant to me and to my life" Its a dream of most hearts, difficult to convey in the real, often fouled up, and seldom mentioned even in the dreamtime, the movies. But this film does that, approaches that yearning, addresses it, and the vehicle is one of life's simple pleasures: a game of catch. You need two people. Is this film about the love of the game of baseball? Yes. And more.
September 11, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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    1. Annie Kinsella: If you were married to me you would kill me in my sleep.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (13 months ago)
    1. Shoeless Joe Jackson: If you build it, he will come.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (17 months ago)
    1. Archie Graham: We just don't recognize life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, "Well, there'll be other days". I didn't realize that that was the only day.
    – Submitted by Pamela B (21 months ago)
    1. Shoeless Joe Jackson: If you build it, he will come.
    – Submitted by Alex K (23 months ago)
    1. Shoeless Joe Jackson: Man, I did love this game. I'd have played for food money. It was the game... The sounds, the smells. Did you ever hold a ball or a glove to your face?
    2. Ray Kinsella: Yeah.
    3. Shoeless Joe Jackson: I used to love travelling on the trains from town to town. The hotels... brass spittoons in the lobbies, brass beds in the rooms. It was the crowd, rising to their feet when the ball was hit deep. Shoot, I'd play for nothing!
    – Submitted by Nicky S (2 years ago)
    1. Ray Kinsella: I bet it's good to be playing again, huh?
    2. Shoeless Joe Jackson: Getting thrown out of baseball was like having part of me amputated. I've heard that old men wake up and scratch itchy legs that been dust for over fifty years. That was me. I'd wake up at night with the smell of the ball park in my nose, the cool of the grass on my feet... The thrill of the grass.
    – Submitted by Nicky S (2 years ago)
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