The Scout Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 27, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Szymanski
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Rebecca Murray
June 13, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 29, 2003
Brooks is fun, nothing else in the movie is.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Brian Lowry
March 26, 2009
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.
Shellie Iliff
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
This is the laziest piece of work in the fall big-screen lineup so far.
| Original Score: 1/4
Brant Bingamon
Austin Chronicle
March 11, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
December 1, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 48/100
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 24, 2006
| Original Score: 4/10
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
September 30, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The Scout proves to be an unsatisfying single that should have been a home run.
Top Critic
Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 11, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
September 26, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 12, 2009
An amusing comic premise, mixing baseball and psychiatry, gets lost along the way in a film that displays much evidence of post-production tampering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 12, 2009
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.
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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