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Moneyball (2011)

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94

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 228
Fresh: 215 | Rotten: 13

Director Bennett Miller, along with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, take a niche subject and turn it into a sharp, funny, and touching portrait worthy of baseball lore.

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 1

Director Bennett Miller, along with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, take a niche subject and turn it into a sharp, funny, and touching portrait worthy of baseball lore.

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Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that

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Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin

Jan 10, 2012

$75.6M

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As an example of smarter-than-average Hollywood fare - and a sly dig at modern sporting politics - 'Moneyball' has all the key bases covered.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One of the most soulful of baseball movies -- it confronts the anguish of a very tough game.

September 27, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (4)
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The real protagonist of Moneyball, however, is Beane himself, played with great charisma by Brad Pitt.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (6)
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[Pitt] provides ballast and a swaggering humor to a movie that, too often, strives to be The Social Network of baseball movies.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (5)
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Pitt, who has a producing credit, is not the sole reason this tremendous -- yet intimate -- sports tale soars over the fences. The bench is deep. And the script has a powerful but finessed swing.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (6)
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Moneyball turns an unlikely subject interesting, making a professional sport the nexus where past and future collide.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (3)
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Australia may not exactly be mad for the game, but I suspect - I hope - that the latest film from Bennett Miller (Capote) will inspire a few more people to become immersed in it.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

A well-written and incredibly smart film about baseball.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

The film tries to coast on its charm without asking much of its audience.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Moneyball isn't just a great baseball movie; it's a great movie about baseball - and there's a difference.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

A thinking person's baseball movie.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Great performances, exciting moments, and creative cinematography make Moneyball a home run for both baseball and movie fans.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

With its wonderful performances and well-written script, "Moneyball" is one of the better sports movies of recent years.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Moneyball is more interesting than your typical sports drama thanks to the direction. Bennett Miller takes a rather grey, cement-enshrouded setting and gives it a little pizzazz.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The end result mirrors the actual season Moneyball depicts, a memorable run but a loss in the final game played.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

A fine, strong, adult movie, and its theme can easily apply to any number of other walks of life.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Even when delving deep into stats talk, one doesn't need to be at all interested in baseball, much less sports geek minutiae, to be hooked in.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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The process of winning

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: JWR

The cast compliment the writing, with Pitt and Hill nailing every golden line they were handed.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
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Moneyball is, in the end, undone by its excessively subdued atmosphere and pace...

February 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (11)
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With razor sharp wit and delivery, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are sensational together, hitting Moneyball clean and out of the park.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: The Reel Deal
The Reel Deal

I enjoyed this film... with certain reservations.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

Two features into his directing career, Bennett Miller has managed to refresh not only the traditional biopic, but the inspirational sports drama as well.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Jerry Maguire just got some overdue company with Moneyball, which features Pitt and Hill in perhaps their most likable roles.

January 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Keeps the economic talk in check and brings the human drama to the forefront.

December 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Views

One of the ten best films of 2011.

December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Moneyball

Moneyball was a huge snooze fest for me. I knew it would be. But against my better judgment, I watched it anyways. Why? Well because of the cast. It's been a few days since I watched this and I honestly can't remember much about it. I think I actually started reading sometime during watching it. I just couldn't get into the film to save my life. I think I was under the assumption that there would actually be more ball playing in the film then there was. I am no fan of baseball. I usually can watch the movies though. But usually they have a lot of play time and less about what it's like behind the scenes of the teams. I am more of a football gal (Go Cowboys!). Still, the acting is solid and the cast is really great in this.
May 20, 2013
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Okay. This movie give me another preapective of money. A good prespective.
April 26, 2013
I'm a big baseball fan . . . I can't understand how they could make such a great story so boring. And adding in the family nonsense only detracted from the real importance of the story being told. It's a new system jockeying for position with the old tried and "true" -- sometimes -- method of nose to the ground scouting. And you know what? Mathematical percentages about a player's and his team's success has a rightful position in the mix. Not that it will ever replace good old fashion scouting, but it is at least as valid a tool. And this should be exciting, albeit for rabid baseball fans. But in this movie it's almost a non-event.
March 11, 2013
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It's hard for me to be objective with this film as 1) I'm a baseball fan, and 2) I remember that wacky season like it was yesterday (well, maybe the day before yesterday). After viewing this I pondered what someone who was not into baseball might think of this film - was there enough of the human element and the underdog effect to catch and hold the interest of a non sports fan? But then I realized... if you were NOT a sports fan, you probably wouldn't be interested in seeing Moneyball in the first place; so the question remains rather moot.

From a filmmaker's point of view, the film is first rate all the way - from the pace and direction (which only occasionally fails to *ahem* keep its eye on the ball), to the seamless interspersion of archival film with the actors on the field as well as voiceovers from the guys actually announcing some of the contests (local Oakland broadcasters Greg Pappa and Glenn Kuiper). The film also has three terrific performances at its core as well as several wonderful bits of natural acting in small bit parts which make so many scenes seem as if you are really in the room as these career baseball scouts discuss the makeup of next season's team.

The story, in case you are interested in such things, is simple and yet full of backstory which mirrors the great game itself. The small budget Oakland A's just took the mighty NY Yankees to the point of elimination in the playoffs. So of course the Yankees offer insane amounts of money to Oakland's best players, knowing that Oakland can't match their offer. Then the other bully in the league, Boston, gets into the act and so the carefully crafted team of A's general manager Billy Beane has been effectively gutted by the large payroll east coast teams.

Rather than give up, Beane decides upon a radical plan that defies conventional baseball logic. It is this plan and its underdog aspects that are really what this film is about - how a new and different perspective can be met with skepticism by the established order, and how those shrewd enough to understand and accept it are therefore a leg up on the dinosaurs who don't.

The beautiful script, co penned by Steve Zallian and Aaron Sorkin, ably explores these deeper undercurrents while at the same time ratcheting up the tension of a real baseball season, subtly reminding us why this particular one is so important to the players involved.

Brad Pitt portrays Billy Beane, and he absolutely owns the role. Totally in the moment throughout the film, this is a masterful Oscar worthy work. The totally natural way he and co-star Jonah Hill work off of each other makes you totally forget that you are watching actors portraying characters. The same can be said for the understated performance of Seymore-Hoffman as the A's manager - the script does a beautiful job of shorthand in the verbal jousting between he and Beane; a terrific example of less often being more.

In a way you can call this a biopic, as it is based on a non fiction book. I know the sequence of events is certainly true, and can even tell you where I was when Hatteberg hit that dramatic home run that put Oakland in the record books (I was gigging at a sports bar that had the game going on a big screen tv). Many have said that this film belongs in the Parthenon of great sports films - but really, while it is about sports on the surface, it is the undercurrent story of human will and heart that make this film a winner.
February 5, 2013
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    1. Billy Beane: You think you're special?
    2. David Justice: Well, you are paying me 8 million dollars a year, so yeah.
    3. Billy Beane: No, no. We aren't paying you. The Yankees are paying half of your salary. The Yankees are paying you 4 million dollars to play against them.
    – Submitted by Shane S (11 months ago)
    1. Peter Brand: I think he was gonna say something else.
    2. Billy Beane: When you get the answer you're looking for, hang up.
    – Submitted by Aaron M (17 months ago)
    1. Billy Beane: Listen, man. I've been in this game a long time. I'm not in it for a record, I'll tell you that. I'm not in it for a ring. That's when people get hurt. If we don't win the last game of the series, they'll dismiss us. I know these guys, I know the way think, and they will erase us. And everything we've done here, none of it will matter. Any other team wins the world series, good for them. They're drinking champagne, they'll get a ring. But if we win, on our budget with this team, we'll change the game. And that's what I want, I want it to mean something.
    – Submitted by Ric A (17 months ago)
    1. Billy Beane: We want you at first base, it's not that hard. Tell him Wash'
    2. Ron Washington: It's incredibly hard.
    – Submitted by Conner W (18 months ago)
    1. Grady Fuson: Now you need to have a little bit of faith and let us do the job of replacing Giambi.
    2. Billy Beane: Is there another first baseman like Giambi?
    3. Scout Martinez: No, not really.
    4. Scout Artie: And if there was could we afford him.
    5. Scout Barry: Nope.
    6. Billy Beane: Then what the f**k are you talking about man! If we try to play like the Yankees in here, we will lose to the Yankees it there.
    7. Grady Fuson: Boy that sounds like some fortune cookie wisdom to me Billy.
    8. Billy Beane: No, that's just logic.
    9. Scout Pote: Who's Fabio?
    10. Scout Pote: He's the short stop, the short stop from Seattle.
    – Submitted by Bruce G (20 months ago)
    1. Billy Beane: I'm not gonna fire you Gary.
    2. Grady Fuson: Fuck you.
    3. Billy Beane: Alright now I'm gonna fire you.
    – Submitted by Tim F (21 months ago)
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