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Mr. 3000 Reviews

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
May 12, 2014
This fuzzy baseball story about a conceited player (Bernie Mac) who comes out of retirement to fix his record (he's three hits short of the magic three thousand) is a major letdown.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 12, 2014
Bernie Mac plays a baseball-star version of his corrosive TV-show persona in Mr. 3000, a comedy that's essentially an extended ad for ESPN. Ironically, though, the insertion of real-life media provides the film's few laughs.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 21, 2011
A mild and forgettable baseball comedy.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2011
There are no big surprises, but Mac and director Charles Stone III hit all the right dramatic notes, and Angela Bassett is reliably smart and sexy as Mac's love interest.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
This one's out of the park.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Crocker
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Deliberately Louisville-slugs its audience over the head.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 21, 2004
It's a solid base hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Newsday
September 18, 2004
Good-looking and smooth, with a great soundtrack...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 18, 2004
An uncompromisingly grown-up comedy that any willing adult can see in any multiplex in the country.
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Sara Gebhardt
Washington Post
September 17, 2004
The script is much like a nine-inning sitcom that uses an obvious formula to tell a familiar story while garnering cheap laughs.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 17, 2004
Although the writing and direction are flabby, the drama contrived and the romance utterly unbelievable.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 17, 2004
Bassett and Mac deserve better vehicles for their charm and talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Malene Arpe
Toronto Star
September 17, 2004
An intermittently charming remake of the 1992 Tom Selleck yarn Mr. Baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 17, 2004
It's no Bull Durham, but it certainly gives Major League a run for its money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
September 17, 2004
Slumps under the weight of product endorsements and a misguided romantic subplot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 17, 2004
Even the weakest baseball films absorb some of the charm of the game. Mr. 3000 does that, and throws in a lot of Bernie Mac laughs in the bargain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 17, 2004
Comes up a few laughs short of being something worth leaving the house for.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 17, 2004
[Mac] gives surprising wisdom and heart -- along with the laughs -- to what could have been just another generic baseball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 17, 2004
Director Charles Stone III and writers Eric Champnella, Keith Mitchell and Howard Michael Gould have reconfigured a sports movie plot to bring to it depth as well as laughter, and, better yet, made it unpredictable.
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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail
September 17, 2004
If the role of Ross was not written for Mac, it was certainly tailored for him. Just as a champion athlete carries a team on his back, Mac carries the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 17, 2004
Bernie Mac is too talented to be wasting his time in movies like Mr. 3000. And you'd be wise not to waste your time with it as well.
| Original Score: D+
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Kelley L. Carter
Detroit Free Press
September 17, 2004
Mr. 3000 is devoid of easy-to-do buffoonery, allowing the characters to have some layers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 17, 2004
A comedy with bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 17, 2004
A halfway entertaining movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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September 17, 2004
A surprisingly laid-back -- at times even morose -- comedy.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 17, 2004
Bernie Mac knocks it out of the park as an arrogant former superstar in Mr. 3000, a surprisingly edgy comedy that presents perhaps Hollywood's least flattering portrait ever of Major League Baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Wolf
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 17, 2004
An engaging, if erratic, comedy.
| Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 17, 2004
Bernie Mac gives a funny and kind of touching performance as a man who attains greatness once and then has to do it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Anita Gates
New York Times
September 16, 2004
In creating the breathtakingly arrogant baseball player Stan Ross, Bernie Mac gives moviegoers a character they love to hate, then a newly humbled character they can root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 16, 2004
Mr. 3000 is not a great movie, but it's affectionate. It reveals the cuddly side of Mac. It reimagines midlife romance with the warmth of a Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn movie, if without its wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 16, 2004
For a movie with such a big number in its title, Mr. 3000 never amounts to much.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 16, 2004
Bernie Mac makes this slight sports comedy worth watching, taking the laughs well into the bottom of the ninth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 16, 2004
A genuinely likable film about a guy who's pretty unlikable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 16, 2004
A baseball film that has its heart in the right place but struggles to generate laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
September 16, 2004
The story has all the honest spontaneity of a postgame interview.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
September 16, 2004
Clear and formulaic from the onset is Ross' path to self-discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
September 15, 2004
Squanders Mac's natural gift of salty gruffness by shoehorning him into a dull, heartwarming cinematic lesson on humility and the joys of teamwork.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
September 15, 2004
A sports movie that lacks any suspense or dramatic tension about what transpires on the field, and Mac plays such a self-absorbed jerk through most of the film that rooting interest is minimal.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2004
In his first at-bat as leading man, charismatic funnyman Bernie Mac delivers a winning turn as a retired 47-year-old baseball great making an unlikely comeback.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 13, 2004
Mac displays the same rough charm that we see on his TV show and in his supporting roles.