For Love of the Game - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

For Love of the Game Reviews

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 25, 2011
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2011
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
An old-fashioned Hollywood sports story/romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
November 26, 2009
Costner and Preston's convincing work together go a long way in keeping the audience interested and involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
June 17, 2008
Costner is as uneven as the storytelling itself, stone cold at moments, shimmeringly real in others.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
February 13, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wendy Ide
Time Out
January 26, 2006
[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)
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
For Love of the Game is an entertaining double play: an excellent baseball movie and an even better love story.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Costner and company do a fine job getting you into the head of an aging sports idol at a pivotal moment in his life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
*For Love of the Game continually pushes its luck past the breaking point.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Wesley Lovell
Apollo Guide
May 9, 2004
Like Chapel, Costner believes himself to be great, even when he's slowly getting worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
At two hours-plus, it doesn't just seem long, it sometimes feels like a double rain delay.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 6, 2003
While For Love of the Game has much to recommend it, particularly Costner's strong, understated performance, Raimi throws too many unnecessary curves.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Unabashedly sentimental (try saying the title with a straight face), this is a touching story of a man at the end of a great career and the beginning of a great relationship. Repeat after me: Great date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andy Richards
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
[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.
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Costner baseball flick is great at motion, not so hot at emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
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.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 23, 2002
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.
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