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The Scout (1994)

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50

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

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After several weeks filming The Scout in the late 1970s, star Peter Falk and director Howard Zieff abandoned the project. Two decades later, writer Andrew Bergman gave his original script to Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson, who polished it as a vehicle for Brooks and director Michael Ritchie. Brooks stars as Al Percolo, a talent scout for the New York Yankees whose latest recruit (Michael Rapaport) has just vomited on the field and fled. Sent to Mexico as punishment by his boss (Lane Smith),

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Drama, Comedy

Oct 2, 2001

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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The Scout is the best comedy-fantasy about baseball ever made, which goes to show that if Hollywood keeps trying, eventually someone will get it right.

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Even with the modest allure of Albert Brooks in what amounts to a mainstream effort, The Scout should get a quick trip to the showers.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The Scout was directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Mr. Brooks and Monica Johnson from a script written by Andrew Bergman years ago. It's probably not all that valuable to wonder how so many talented people went so wrong.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Rarely does a movie start high and go downhill so fast. It's as if the filmmakers progressively lost their nerve with every additional scene.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A genuine -- and immensely enjoyable -- curiosity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's been a long time since there's been a good baseball movie. The Scout makes you wonder if there's ever going to be one again.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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An amusing comic premise, mixing baseball and psychiatry, gets lost along the way in a film that displays much evidence of post-production tampering.

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Brooks is fun, nothing else in the movie is.

May 29, 2003
Nitrate Online

This is the laziest piece of work in the fall big-screen lineup so far.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Having sat through many a Fraser film, I am constantly amazed that there is nothing this boy can't do. Well, except act his way out of a paper bag.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Baseball fans will hate The Scout because it makes a mockery of the game. Not quite as badly as Ed, which stars a monkey as the star pitcher, but close. Non-baseball fans will hate it because it's not funny.

December 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The Scout proves to be an unsatisfying single that should have been a home run.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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really good sports flick
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