The Sandlot Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 7, 2014
In The Sandlot's nostalgia for simpler times, a single-sex world seems to be a key component.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2014
The kids even have their own treehouse, which means that the production designer is the only person connected with this project who actually went out on a limb.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 7, 2014
A solid double rather than a grand slam, The Sandlot remains a refreshing antidote to the daily round of contract squabbles on the sports page.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
May 7, 2014
You feel as if you're being smothered in cotton candy by a director obsessed with infantility and who cannot bear to face the reality of childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 7, 2014
Any of Charles Schulz's baseball-oriented Peanuts strips contains more understanding of baseball and more insight into children, as well as more pointed fun.
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
May 7, 2014
Several of the hard issues involving childhood -- getting accepted in a new neighborhood, getting accepted buy a new stepdad -- are handled with sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 7, 2014
The Sandlot is a safe, wholesome, patriotic family picture about baseball, and if there is an original scene, it escaped my attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 7, 2014
In this well-crafted movie, a strong cohesive ensemble makes the team likable. Guiry as Scotty is especially good.
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
May 7, 2014
There's a snappy change-of-pace gag involving a little guy and a nubile lifeguard, but the screams and barks and fraudulent emotions grow wearying.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 30, 2013
'The Sandlot' always struck me as a more kid-friendly version of 'Stand by Me.'
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Phil Villarreal
COED.com
March 26, 2013
For kids of the 1990s, there is no greater baseball movie than this coming-of-age tale about a lonely fifth-grader who makes lifelong friends by playing neighborhood baseball games.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremy Conrad
IGN Movies
March 22, 2011
This is a movie for anyone who has ever loved baseball and for anyone who enjoys the American Graffiti/Stand by Me style of narrative. Highly recommended.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 22, 2011
The comedy is broad, cartoonish, and quite funny in a faux Little Rascals manner. The movie is almost completely derivative, but that's part of the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emma Cochrane
Empire Magazine
March 21, 2011
For every Field of Dreams there are a dozen lesser, completely incomprehensible baseball movies. This is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 31, 2011
Good, with flashes of very good, overlaid with a particularly thick wash of nostalgia that stubbornly refuses to go obnoxiously cloying. It's a nice film, that's what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Field of Dreams for tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 26, 2009
Sweet and sincere, the film is also a remarkably shallow wade, rife with incident and slim on substance.
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
August 2, 2008
The Sandlot is a kids flick that will always stand the test of the time and be a movie that you can watch over and over as you grow older. It never loses its touch.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Ever since Stand by Me, it seems that every Boy's Own yarn is deemed incomplete without a nostalgic, pseudo-ironic voice-over waxing lyrical about the mythology of short pants and acne.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Nothing about his modest coming-of-age comedy demands anything like this awestruck approach.
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