Field of Dreams Reviews

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Ron Wolfe
Tulsa World
June 27, 2015
If you like to think of every time at bat as a new hope, if you can taste a kind of poetry along with the hot dogs they serve at the ballpark, if you like to imagine that life is meant to be good, and miracles aren't out of the question... go see [it].
Jane Crowther
Total Film
May 6, 2014
Rightfully a ballgame classic, this is sentimental nonsense, sure, but charmingly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
May 6, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 6, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 6, 2014
Alden's script goes from charming to preposterous to preachy.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2013
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 20, 2013
[A] special experience, sort of an It's a Wonderful Life for the late '80s.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 16, 2011
Despite a lovely cameo turn by Burt Lancaster, Field of Dreams is the male weepie at its wussiest.
Mat Snow
Empire Magazine
March 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Instant baseball classic for whole family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 19, 2009
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Clint Morris
Moviehole
August 17, 2008
One of the best films of the 80s
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
August 1, 2008
That rare thing, a poignant movie which manages to drain the tear ducts without ever resorting to cheap manipulation or clichéd sentiment.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 3, 2007
The life-equals-baseball masterpiece still packs an unexpected kick.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 21, 2007
A rare choke-up movie for guys and one of 1989's biggest hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 21, 2007
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2007
The conception is sentimental, but the storytelling remains assured and effective.
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Colette Maude
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Together with moments of dry humour and fine performances, the political element lends the film gravity sufficient to counterbalance any sense of whimsy. Pure magic.
Jamey Codding
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
Quite simply one of the best sports movies ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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