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The Sandlot Reviews

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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 9, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 5, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 2, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Leonard Klady
March 26, 2009
Sweet and sincere, the film is also a remarkably shallow wade, rife with incident and slim on substance.
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 26, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Older kids and overgrown ones too probably will notice that nothing much ever happens in this belabored suburban variation on The Little Rascals.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 7, 2002
Its messages of anti-bullying, befriending losers, and pretending the fat kid stuffing Ho-hos into his mouth doesn't make you sick are as timeless as they are trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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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.
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
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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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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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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.
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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