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Game 6 (2005)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 15

Though packed with Don DeLillo's witty dialogue and bolstered by strong performances, particularly by lead Michael Keaton, Game 6 also suffers from uneven direction and overwrought symbolism.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 7

Though packed with Don DeLillo's witty dialogue and bolstered by strong performances, particularly by lead Michael Keaton, Game 6 also suffers from uneven direction and overwrought symbolism.



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A writer runs an obstacle course of neuroses as he prepares to debut an important new work in this comedy drama. Nicky Rogan (Michael Keaton) is a successful playwright who, after a series of hit comedies, is about to debut a deeply personal drama, and is more than a little nervous about how it will be received. Rogan has learned that notoriously tough critic Steven Schwimmer (Robert Downey Jr.) will be reviewing the opening night performance; a bad notice from Schwimmer sent Nicky's good friend


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Don DeLillo

May 23, 2006

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (15)

For fans of DeLillo, Keaton and/or either team in that classic Series, this curious little picture is worth tracking down.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source:
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For better and worse, this is a fiction writer's movie: the dialogue is admirably precise, yet the restrictive worldview that's so gripping in DeLillo's books seems like mere solipsism on-screen.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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... a quirky little comedy ...

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Novelist Don DeLillo brings many of his strengths to the screenplay for Game 6.

April 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Red Sox as fatalistic metaphor is almost a quaint notion now, but Game 6 brings it all back to vivid life.

April 14, 2006
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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DeLillo and company have let one go through their legs.

April 7, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Filled with heavy dialogue, Game 6 is a film that feels more appropriate for the stage. That said, it takes on challenging themes and deep thoughts.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Views

The big problem here is one of credibility, on a number of fronts.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Um retrato pretensioso de Nova York como centro dramático do mundo que acaba se salvando em função dos bons diálogos e das ótimas performances de Keaton e Downey Jr.

June 12, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Game 6 is ultimately a curious dud, although it makes us anxiously await DeLillo's next time at bat.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

If you're looking for a film about smart, confused people who make mistakes (like Buckner) and try to learn from them, this could be it.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Game 6 is enthralled with the sound of its words, even as it loves the deliberate, sensual pace of a well-played (or well-lost) ball game.

April 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The thudding, obvious symbolism is the film's biggest concern and its primary problem.

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

A very nice and simple film, with clear messages and sparklingly witty dialogue.

April 10, 2006 Full Review Source:

Keaton embraces his role with a relish he hasn't shown in more than a decade, winding his character into new corners of desperation with each scene.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

A shaky director, a deadly critic and a losing ball club collide in an entertaining surreal showdown just off Broadway.

April 3, 2006
Monsters and Critics

Keaton is terrific, as is the entire cast; the result is a lean, polished little gem.

March 31, 2006
Los Angeles CityBeat

Clangs with the ripely overwritten dialogue of award-winning novelist Don DeLillo. And that dialogue, coupled with a go-nowhere script, is this wannabe-likeable indie drama's undoing.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Game 6

Nicky Rogan: I coulda been happy. I coulda been a Yankees fan. 

"It's opening night... Let the games begin."

I really wish I would have liked Game 6 more. I like the story. A writer has a new play coming out, that is supposed to be his best work. Everyone is informing him that a tough critic is going to tear his play apart and this begins to worry him. As that is going on it's also the night game 6 of the 1986 World Series is being played(most remembered for Buckner's less than impressive play). Nicky is a Red Sox fan, but doesn't hold out to much hope for the Red Sox winning the World Series. 

What seems like a really cool story turns out to not make a great movie. At least in the hands of Michael Hoffman. As much as I wanted to like the movie; nothing in the actual movie was able to allow me to like it. The cast is fine with some pretty big names like Keaton, O'Hara and Downey Jr, but the movie has many flaws and the actors aren't able to make the movie anything special. 

All in all Game 6 is a pretty joyless experience. It's also very disappointing because I believe it could have been so much more.
August 10, 2011
Melvin White

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packed with heavy hitting weight in front and behind the camera, this quirky new york piece that looks at living with lowered expectations and failure as a way of life somehow just fails to connect by that much...but still is worth a view.
June 29, 2009

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"Game 6" takes place on October 25, 1986 in a graffiti strewn and gridlocked New York City. Game six of the World Series is set to be played that night between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets. Nicky Rogan(Michael Keaton), playwright and Red Sox fan, has a wife who wants a divorce and a grown daughter, Laurel(Ari Graynor), who barely speaks to him. His most personal play is opening that night but the lead actor(Harris Yulin) cannot remember his lines due to a parasite he picked up in Borneo.(Or was it Burma?) Worst of all, Steven Schwimmer(Robert Downey Jr.), the most savage of theatre critics is lurking in the background, waiting to give his opinion on the play.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Game 6" is a literate take on how a person's life can change in a moment. It is fueled by purple prose, especially by of all people, a traffic reporter.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Note: I am a Mets fan who was a freshman in October, 1986 at a university in Massachusetts but I was back home in New York for game 6 of the World Series which I barely remember. That was the beginning of one of my favorite hobbies during my college years - antagonizing New England sports fans. [/font]
March 14, 2006
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Starts off as a banal "life in the big city" story that takes too long to set the various pieces on their collision courses. When the deeper meanings do rise to the surface in the climax it feels like too little too late since nearly every preceding scene is lacklusterly timed and without urgency. Michael Keaton and Robert Downey manage to eek out performances that are admirable considering the loose script and overall lack of intellectual depth.
August 19, 2009
Brett Warren

Super Reviewer

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