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For Love of the Game Reviews

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
May 8, 2014
For Love of the Game asks whether the same qualities that make an athlete a champion don't also destroy his happiness. The answer, unfortunately, is long-winded and redundant... But some of the baseball scenes are good.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 8, 2014
This is no perfect -- or even half-perfect -- game. It's another movie where conventions are subbed for life lessons, where the emotions are cued by golden oldies and where the motivation (at least on the studio's part) isn't love of the game but money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 8, 2014
Here are two things that definitely don't go together: baseball and piano music.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 8, 2014
The baseball sequences are fabulous, not least because Costner looks and moves like a real player a rarity for actors in sports movies... But the love story, a five-year off-and-on affair, is little more than a sop to Costner's romantic faithful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 8, 2014
On the field, Costner is consistent, but his exploration of Billy's romantic dilemma is superficial and often wooden.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 8, 2014
Those flashbacks will drive you nuts. As if baseball didn't drag on long enough, almost every inning or out of that Yankees game is punctuated by a memory.
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Rod Dreher
New York Post
May 8, 2014
For love of the God, what is wrong with the once-likable Kevin Costner?
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 8, 2014
I'm all for romance, you understand. But what makes this a drawback is that these people are all wrong for each other and that the filmmakers don't seem to know it.
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May 8, 2014
The rhythms of the game feel right; the rhythms of the romance feel embarrassingly Harlequin, and the picture drags on for over two hours.
Tom Sander
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 8, 2014
Kevin Costner is back starring in his third baseball movie, and after those two box office home runs, Mighty Kevin has struck out.
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
May 8, 2014
Vanity is one thing, but Costner's act is beginning to feel like a particularly self-righteous -- and tiresome -- form of pathology. Someone should tell him that an actor's job is to disappear into his characters, not vice-versa.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 8, 2014
Not a frame reflects the distinctively edgy touch that director Sam Raimi brought to films as diverse as The Evil Dead and A Simple Plan.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 8, 2014
The movie isn't the equivalent of a perfect game, but it's a winner nonetheless.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 8, 2014
For Love Of The Game seems lost, as one overlong melodramatic interlude follows another, each more predictable than the entirely predictable game itself.
Theresa Everline
Orlando Weekly
May 8, 2014
For Love of the Game's earnestness seems itself like a desperate cry for attention.
Norene Cashen
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 8, 2014
Far more horrifying than Evil Dead, Sam Raimi's attempt at making a sports-oriented romance strikes out, forfeits and loses three times before its two hours and 10 minutes are up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 8, 2014
This guy is earnest, tireless, noble in his devotion to America's pastime and mostly dull as branch water.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 8, 2014
Under the confident direction of Sam Raimi, Mr. Costner gives a restrained but emotionally accessible performance.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 29, 2011
Like Billy this movie is good on the field, but not so much once off it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 25, 2011
Memo to all involved: It's a game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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