Like Billy this movie is good on the field, but not so much once off it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Memo to all involved: It's a game.
A perfect game in Yankee Stadium is no big deal these days; two have been pitched in the past 16 months. But a good baseball movie, that's hard.
For the first 100 minutes or so I found this hokey but serviceable; after that my watch became more meaningful than anything I could locate on-screen.
Thinking back through the movie, I cannot recall a single thing either character said that was worth hearing in its own right, apart from the requirements of the plot.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
An old-fashioned Hollywood sports story/romance.
| Original Score: 3/5
Costner and Preston's convincing work together go a long way in keeping the audience interested and involved.
| Original Score: 3/4
Costner is as uneven as the storytelling itself, stone cold at moments, shimmeringly real in others.
For Love of the Game is painless, but it's also pompous and pious about baseball in a way that doesn't mean much to a non-fan like me.
[The] game stretches over most of the film, but any anticipated suspense is undercut by the sepia-tinted inserts charting the couple's bumpy uninvolving five-year romance from first meeting to acrimonious split(s)
Costner and company do a fine job getting you into the head of an aging sports idol at a pivotal moment in his life.
| Original Score: B
*For Love of the Game continually pushes its luck past the breaking point.
| Original Score: B-
Like Chapel, Costner believes himself to be great, even when he's slowly getting worse.
| Original Score: 67/100
At two hours-plus, it doesn't just seem long, it sometimes feels like a double rain delay.
While For Love of the Game has much to recommend it, particularly Costner's strong, understated performance, Raimi throws too many unnecessary curves.
| Original Score: 3/4
Preston is forgettable as "this week's blonde," adding her name to a list of women wooed by this poster boy for the strong, silent type.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
[Raimi's] involvement in this grating star vehicle is perhaps the most disappointing aspect of For the Love of the Game: the Evil Dead are, presumably, turning in their grave.
Costner baseball flick is great at motion, not so hot at emotion.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Instead of quitting while he's way ahead, Costner takes on For Love of the Game, a melodramatic film version of Michael Shaara's novel.
The copious footage devoted to Billy and Jane's encounters might have been easier to sit through is there was any magic between Costner and Preston, but they're acting in two different films.