Knuckleball! Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
March 11, 2013
Nonfans, however, are about to find out exactly what the phrase inside baseball means.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
May 6, 2014
The charming Knuckleball finds something universal here, about obsession, talent, perseverance and, rarest of all, good sportsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Wildman
Film Comment Magazine
May 6, 2014
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.
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
September 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly
May 6, 2014
A microcosm of baseball itself, the knuckleball is a cruel, unpredictable thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
September 18, 2012
I could watch Phil Niekro reminisce about being owned by Bill Buckner for days. If you know what that means, you probably could, too.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
September 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 19, 2012
Well-produced sports doc puts viewers in the pitchers' shoes.
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
September 24, 2012
An uplifting documentary about perseverance and determination reminds us that the national pastime still offers old-school heroes.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 20, 2012
A first-rate sports documentary in any season.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 13, 2012
Immediately leaps near the top of the list of greatest baseball documentaries.
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September 19, 2012
Considers one of baseball's greatest quirks with good humor and a glancing touch.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 20, 2012
There's plenty of real drama in this movie without Stern and Sundberg having to pump it up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 8/10
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