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Moneyball Reviews

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 6, 2014
Moneyball is a winner, one of the freshest and smartest sports movies in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 22, 2011
As an example of smarter-than-average Hollywood fare - and a sly dig at modern sporting politics - 'Moneyball' has all the key bases covered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 27, 2011
One of the most soulful of baseball movies -- it confronts the anguish of a very tough game.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 23, 2011
The real protagonist of Moneyball, however, is Beane himself, played with great charisma by Brad Pitt.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 23, 2011
[Pitt] provides ballast and a swaggering humor to a movie that, too often, strives to be The Social Network of baseball movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 23, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 23, 2011
Moneyball turns an unlikely subject interesting, making a professional sport the nexus where past and future collide.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2011
Moneyball is exactly like moneyball -- infused with intelligence, amusing in its attacks on false gods, but way easier to admire than to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 23, 2011
A well-written, sharply acted film that's guaranteed to garner attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 23, 2011
Naysayers have been claiming for years that the Moneyball book wouldn't work as a movie. But ultimately, it's the cinematic touches that keep this film version from becoming something exceptional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 23, 2011
Like a cold beer under a bluebird sky; like a flawless line drive on a warm summer's day; like a long, languorous seventh-inning stretch - "Moneyball" satisfies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 23, 2011
A crowd-pleasing baseball movie for people - like me - who don't like baseball movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 22, 2011
Has to be described as an example of what Hollywood does best.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 22, 2011
It's to the director's credit, and Pitt's, that Moneyball is anything but bloodless -- in its own quiet, unspectacular way, this movie courses with life.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 22, 2011
Smart, minor-key entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 22, 2011
Baseball fans know this story, but Miller puts it all in fascinating context. This is a thinking person's baseball movie, a more complex version of the inspirational sports story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 22, 2011
Starring Brad Pitt in top movie star form, it's a film that's impressive and surprising.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 22, 2011
A deeply American film about a uniquely American sport in which a principled guy takes on the moneyed titans because he can't stand the unfairness of what they're doing to the game he still loves.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 22, 2011
Pitt's Beane is as original a character as I've seen in a baseball drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 22, 2011
It gives Mr. Pitt, who hurtles through the movie, a chance to scat like a juiced-up Ella Fitzgerald, working his phones and seemingly every other general manager in the country, as he transforms a new baseball philosophy into action.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 22, 2011
Although you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it, "Moneyball" is one of the best baseball movies imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 22, 2011
A solid, bustling social comedy at the 130-IQ level, Moneyball boasts the zinging, stinging repartee of grown men working at a kids' game and tired of being handed the prevailing line of bull.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 22, 2011
"Moneyball'' is a hilarious and provocative change-up, entertaining without feeling the need to swing for the fences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 22, 2011
To say that "Moneyball" is "inside baseball" is to undersell the idea of that sentence. This extraordinary hybrid of a movie lives and breathes the game, yet its achievement is bigger than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 22, 2011
Moneyball illustrates what can happen when a non-fiction book that's more about ideas and processes is translated into a feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 22, 2011
Don't be surprised to see Pitt in the best-actor Oscar race come the new year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 22, 2011
A witty and captivating look at thinking outside the diamond.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 22, 2011
On some level "Moneyball" is about loyalty: loyalty to an idea, loyalty to a partnership forged by desperation, loyalty to the values you believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 22, 2011
Moneyball is one of the best and most viscerally exciting films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 22, 2011
"Moneyball" reminds us, in case we needed reminding, why Brad Pitt is a movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 22, 2011
Everything in Beane's story and in "Moneyball" could've been rendered dull or sappy or both by a lesser director. It is, at heart, about a man out to redeem himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 22, 2011
Geek-stats book turned into a movie with a lot of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 22, 2011
If you like baseball, you will love this movie. If you hate baseball, you will still love this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 22, 2011
It seems absurd on its face to convert Lewis' tale of front-office wrangling into a sports movie, but Bennett Miller's shrewd adaptation, scripted by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, turns it into Major League for stats wonks.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 22, 2011
Pitt and Hill make Beane and Brand seem like the year's most intriguing couple, bringing deep shades of humour and pathos to their characters that help make Moneyball more than just another sports or baseball movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 22, 2011
A smart, intense and moving film that isn't so much about sports as about the war between intuition and statistics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 21, 2011
[It] may be the first baseball film to tap into the thrill of strategizing - of manipulated cause and effect - as entertainingly as you'd expect from a movie about chess or a casino heist.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
September 21, 2011
Remember those old '30s musicals that generated sizzle out of backstage machinations, charismatic producers conning investors and starstruck unknowns hitting the big time? That's how Moneyball plays...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 21, 2011
This is a subtle, elegant and altogether triumphant film about a subject I thought I was tired of, told with an artistry and freshness that is positively thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
September 20, 2011
It really happened, it's really corny, and it's really great.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 20, 2011
Like the A's themselves at this time, "Moneyball" has enough unlikely pieces that do work -- and it generates enough underdog goodwill -- to make you want to stick around for the final out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 19, 2011
The movie doesn't quite come together, but it's full of smart, cynical talk, and it's very entertaining.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 14, 2011
Though more abstract than most mainstream films, Moneyball is still a movie that should appeal to a broad audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 14, 2011
A rousing success, an intelligent and propulsive piece of locker-room drama.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 14, 2011
Highly entertaining, especially for ballfans.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 9, 2011
Writers Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin resurrect the old adage "It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game" to drive this uncannily sharp, penetrating look at how Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane helped reinvent baseball.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2011
The movie does achieve something nearly impossible: Someone who doesn't even like the sport may care about Billy Beane and the 2002 Oakland Athletics.