Moneyball is a winner, one of the freshest and smartest sports movies in years.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Directed by Capote's Bennett Miller, this is one helluva good sports movie. It's a terrific movie, period.
Writer Aaron Sorkin works best at auctioneer speeds, and some of the best scenes involve Pitt's character working the phones, calling and stalling other teams' managers, trading players like a used-car salesman.
This is a baseball story that's less about game-winning hits and more about people willing to challenge the establishment.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brad Pitt is at the top of his own game as Beane. Cocky and often nonchalant, he is gnawed by doubts that he tries to cover by grabbing a snack or pitching a grin.
| Original Score: 4/4
That such a literally spreadsheet-intensive story could register real human thought and feeling at all has to count as some kind of triumph.
Moneyball is a great sports movie, yes, but it will also cross audiences. It's one of the year's finest.
Moneyball looks like an underdog sports movie, but it veers away from the path usually followed by films of the genre. My suggestion is that you set aside any preconceptions and just go with the flow.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
A well-written and incredibly smart film about baseball.
| Original Score: 5.0/5
Moneyball isn't just a great baseball movie; it's a great movie about baseball - and there's a difference.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A thinking person's baseball movie.
Great performances, exciting moments, and creative cinematography make Moneyball a home run for both baseball and movie fans.
With its wonderful performances and well-written script, "Moneyball" is one of the better sports movies of recent years.
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.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
The end result mirrors the actual season Moneyball depicts, a memorable run but a loss in the final game played.
| Original Score: B
A fine, strong, adult movie, and its theme can easily apply to any number of other walks of life.
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.
The process of winning
The cast compliment the writing, with Pitt and Hill nailing every golden line they were handed.