A League of Their Own Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 11, 2014
It is not Great Cinema, but it's really freaking good entertainment, smart without being brainy and nice without being saccharine.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 6, 2014
League wants you to laugh more than anything else, and Hanks makes sure that you will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 6, 2014
The movie drones along uninvolvingly, as if it were erecting a monument, not telling a story.
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
May 6, 2014
Any roughness is smoothed over by the talented cast and a great deal of charm and affection for the era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2013
Though amusing enough to avoid absolutely drowning in schmaltz, it's sad to see a film with potential lose its way in the late innings.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 20, 2013
Marshall's methods overwhelm the material, and what emerges is a movie utterly without personality. A unique chapter in American history becomes a movie as ordinary as they come.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 20, 2013
What does it say about today's Hollywood when the most interesting character in a movie about a women's baseball team turns out to be a man?
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 19, 2013
It's a cinematic home run, certain to please filmgoers who don't know a catcher's mitt from an oven mitt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
March 19, 2013
Few of the other performers make an impression. A director who can lose Madonna in a crowd can't be said to appreciate charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
March 19, 2013
This movie aims for the tear ducts and the funny bone as ruthlessly as the big action-fantasy hits go after the viscera.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 19, 2013
Part history, part comedy, and part soap opera, A League of Their Own casts a pretty wide net. For the most part, it's a net that's good fun to get caught in.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 3, 2012
Marshall's finest hour as a filmmaker, capturing audience-pleasing moments with assurance, while also paying careful attention to the vulnerabilities of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
March 25, 2011
The agenda here is clearly along the lines of good-natured vignettes, smart one-liners and a healthy dose of heartstring tugging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Terrific tweens-and-up story of women's baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 10, 2009
It serves up good-natured entertainment, if you're in the mood, but be prepared to swallow a generous helping of sickly-sweet sentimentality along with the laughs.
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 1, 2008
Hits about .250 with a few RBI, but more than its share of strikeouts.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
Energetic, full of goodwill and good feelings, it never quite attains the graceful nonchalance and self-confidence with which finely tuned athletes -- and comedies -- move and enchant us.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 21, 2007
As uneven as an amateur baseball game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2007
Deftly structured by director Penny Marshall and writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to resemble a 40s musical (albeit, somewhat anachronistically, one in 'Scope); the rest is mainly streamlined and spirited teamwork.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 24, 2007
The idea of Penny Marshall's sentimental comedy--an all-American Girls Professional Baseball League in WWII--is so good that you wonder why no one has thought about it before; in the lead, Geena Davis is charming, and so is Tom Hanks.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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