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Knuckleball! Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out New York
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Nonfans, however, are about to find out exactly what the phrase inside baseball means.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

March 11, 2013
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News

The charming Knuckleball finds something universal here, about obsession, talent, perseverance and, rarest of all, good sportsmanship.

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 6, 2014
John Wildman
Film Comment Magazine

Knuckleball! is more than enjoyable if you are a fan of the game of baseball. And while it wouldn't be an obvious win for the uninitiated, Wakefield and Dickey do not make it difficult for the viewer to cheer for them.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

May 6, 2014
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix

For a film that's centered around such a silly-looking pitch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary is packed with considerable drama.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 19, 2012
Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly

A microcosm of baseball itself, the knuckleball is a cruel, unpredictable thing.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2014
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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I could watch Phil Niekro reminisce about being owned by Bill Buckner for days. If you know what that means, you probably could, too.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 18, 2012
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

This chronicle of two athletes throwing baseball's funkiest, least respected pitch is given depth by their stranger-than-fiction underdog status and camaraderie with mentors who've had the same struggles.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 18, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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With elements of "Moneyball" and a twist of the narrative arm, this look at how Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey became knuckleball experts is a real kick.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

September 20, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The sweet achievement of "Knuckleball!," Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's documentary about this quixotic pitch and the quixotic men who throw it, is that it gives both sides equal play.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Well-produced sports doc puts viewers in the pitchers' shoes.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 19, 2012
Jordan Hiller

Watching R.A. Dickey become one of the biggest sports celebrities in New York was about as welcome a surprise as a knuckleball that floats and drops under the batter's swing.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2012
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

An uplifting documentary about perseverance and determination reminds us that the national pastime still offers old-school heroes.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 24, 2012
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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A first-rate sports documentary in any season.

Full Review Source: New York Times

September 20, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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Immediately leaps near the top of the list of greatest baseball documentaries.

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September 13, 2012
Scott Tobias
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Considers one of baseball's greatest quirks with good humor and a glancing touch.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 19, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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There's plenty of real drama in this movie without Stern and Sundberg having to pump it up.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

September 20, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs

The knuckleball is something like the quintessence of baseball, the ineffable and the impossible, pursued again and again. The film makes this magic part especially visible, in slow motion sequences and archival game tapes, nostalgia and reverie.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 8/10

March 11, 2013
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