Major League (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Major League (1989)



Critic Consensus: Major League may be predictable and formulaic, but buoyed by the script's light, silly humor -- not to mention the well-built sports action sequences and funny performances.

Movie Info

Sample three beers before selecting your favorite for a pint to enjoy during the movie! Also includes snacks. The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David S. Ward
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2002
Paramount Home Video


Tom Berenger
as Jake Taylor
Charlie Sheen
as Ricky Vaughn
Corbin Bernsen
as Roger Dorn
Margaret Whitton
as Rachel Phelps
James Gammon
as Lou Brown
Bob Uecker
as Harry Doyle
Rene Russo
as Lynn Wells
Wesley Snipes
as Willie Mays Hayes
Charles Cyphers
as Charlie Donovan
Chelcie Ross
as Eddie Harris
Dennis Haysbert
as Pedro Cerrano
Andy Romano
as Pepper Leach
Steve Yeager
as Duke Temple
Kevin Crowley
as Vic Bolito
Mike Bacarella
as Johnny Wynn
Skip Griparis
as Colorman
Gary Houston
as Ross Farmer
Ward Ohrman
as Arthur Holloway
Marge Kotlisky
as Chaire Holloway
Deborah Wakeham
as Janice Bowden
Joe Liss
as Guy in Bar
James Deuter
as Phil Butler
Jack McLaughlin-Gray
as Jerry Simmons
Ted Noose
as Lyle Matthews
Tony Mockus Jr.
as Brent Bowden
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Critic Reviews for Major League

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10)

Ward directs his actors as adroitly as he has written for them, and the vulnerability that he allows his three stars to reveal is really what makes the movie work.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It skims along agreeable surfaces, expertly balancing its comedy with melodrama and fulfilling expectations right on schedule.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It has its moments, but it also has long, slow stretches where you feel like standing up and wandering around and maybe going out to hunt up a beer. That's fine for baseball, but it's not the way movies are supposed to work.

Full Review… | March 20, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Somebody should tell Ward that winning isn't everything. Character is. And this is what his movie lacks.

Full Review… | March 20, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Major League doesn't try too hard or aim too high, but it is pretty funny.

Full Review… | March 16, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Slick predictability is about all it has in mind, down to the last trite freeze-frame.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Major League

A by-the-book, losers-come-from-behind sports movie, with its characters charmingly portrayed to make it all go down easy. Uecker steals the film. And note the frequency of Bud Lite product placement, nearly a joke all by itself.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Silly fun with great characters: Vaughn with his nerdbomber frames bedazzled with a skull and crossbones, Willie Mays Hayes with his gyrating hips that Steve Urkel must have borrowed, Cerrano with his vaguely racist voodoo worshipping. This is the first time I rooted against the Yankees.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


This movie has a lot going for it, and by the time the credits begin to role, you are going to appreciate the storytelling of how the worst team in the major leagues became the best with one season. This film is filled with great laughs, intense ball-games, a knockout cast, and some of the strongest will-power I have ever laid eyes upon. It may be a story that seems to be overdone, but when you really think about it, when the dialogue is actually good, the actors are fantastic, and the plot is pure, what is not to love about this movie? Major League is a major home-run, even if it is more of an inspirational film than a comedy!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Major League Quotes

Harry Doyle: One hit? That's all we got, one god damn hit?
– Submitted by Mike M (2 years ago)
Eddie Harris: Up your butt Jobu!
– Submitted by Mike M (2 years ago)
Lou Brown: You may run like Mays but you hit like shit...
– Submitted by Mike M (2 years ago)
Harry Doyle: Juuuust a bit outside.
– Submitted by Willie J (3 years ago)

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