You don't have to be a sports fan to like this movie, and even when it's getting predictable you'll probably find yourself enjoying it anyway. It's not brilliant or daring, but it's got genuine heart...
... has trouble finding the strike zone, and in the baseball-movie canon, is likely to be relegated to the bullpen.
As far as sports movies go, like Hamm, it's immensely likeable.
| Original Score: 3/5
"Million Dollar Arm" benefits from a strong performance by Jon Hamm in the lead and a top-notch supporting cast.
| Original Score: 2.1/2
Its true story actually smells rather fishy in that almost everything about it plays as manufactured schmaltz.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
...it ultimately seems obvious that this material is inherently not able to sustain a feature-length endeavor.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's everything you expect a Disney "inspirational sports movie" to be.
| Original Score: B
A Grand Slam
| Original Score: 4/5
Achieves a certain emotional authenticity even as the viewer anticipates exactly which heart string will be plucked and how.
| Original Score: 3/4
Million Dollar Arm scores a triple.
Million Dollar Arm could be subtitled The Best Exotic Marigold Pitching Mound.
Although this film is based on a true story, it looks as if the facts were smashed to a paste which was then molded into the exact shape of a typical sports underdog story. It works.
| Original Score: C+
It doesn't have a mean bone in its overly long body of a script. The touch of Disney, a family-friendly PG rating and a baseball story add up to a crowd-pleaser in 'Million Dollar Arm.'
Sappy, saccharine, and predictable to the point where it's almost painful.
| Original Score: 2/4
An uplifting and inspirational tale
| Original Score: 4.5/5
It so thoroughly pillages 'Jerry Maguire' you expect 'Arm's' core crop of Indian athletes to start screaming 'show me the rupees!'
| Original Score: B-
Million Dollar Arm, you had me at Jerry Maguire.
It may not be the most memorable film out there, but Million Dollar Arm is a fine film that the whole family can enjoy.
All the potential edges have been sanded off. And so, a quite remarkable true story, no matter how truthfully told, feels like a formulaic fable.
The money matters dilute the sports angle so much it keeps the film from being the home run it should have been. But it still drives home some entertaining and sweet moments.