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Summer Catch (2001)



Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 84

A cliched and predictable sports comedy that's mostly devoid of excitement or laughs, Summer Catch is strictly bush-league.


Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 28

A cliched and predictable sports comedy that's mostly devoid of excitement or laughs, Summer Catch is strictly bush-league.



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This blend of sports and youthful romantic comedy is from director Michael Tollin, who previously produced the sports drama Varsity Blues (1999). Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Ryan Dunne, a ballplayer who's spending the summer as a pitcher for the famed, highly prestigious Cape Cod League, a non-professional farm team that has turned out numerous baseball legends. Ryan's under special pressure on a number of fronts. He's the first local boy to earn a slot in the league in years, and his


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Kevin Falls, John Gatins

Dec 4, 2001


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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (84) | DVD (11)

It's a movie that should have been called on account of boredom.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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As the script works toward its big-game finale, it pauses now and then to rip off Bull Durham, to let Biel spout Successories-worthy words of encouragement, and to touch on subplots involving Prinze's familiar-faced teammates.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Maybe the filmmakers figured that the audience for Summer Catch is too young to have seen Bull Durham.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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When it comes to funny business, Tollin's got game, and he makes the most of some talented supporting players on his bench.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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[An] awful light drama.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Because I'm a baseball fan, I tend to be an easy mark for baseball-themed movies, but something as badly focused and feebly scripted as Summer Catch just makes me wish for the Fall.

August 30, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Big chunks of plot seem to be missing, as if left on the editing-room floor so that director Mike Tollin, in his feature debut, can get to yet another inspiring speech.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

It's a baseball romance with precious little baseball and only the most insipid, by-the-numbers kind of romance.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

This is the WB version of a baseball movie. Everyone is young, toned, sexually active and agonizes over their future.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

The film is as predictable as the outcome of a New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Devil Rays game, but you can bet nobody will be standing up to do the wave.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Not even a cast of fresh-faced acting hotshots can give flavour to this bland and undistinguished teen sporting romance.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Despite an enjoyable turn from Brittany Murphy, the clichéd plot (local poor boy pitches his way to the Major League) ensures that's the best this forgettable teen fodder can hope for.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This story has its share of bad acting. But Summer Catch turns out to be a well-meaning, light, and fluffy comedy with plenty of good giggles.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The film steps up a notch when the action is on the field. However, many directors before him have portrayed the beloved sport better.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

The element of Summer Catch that sours it all for good is that so many actors decided it would be a good idea to be in this film.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source:

A baseball movie with no baseball, no movie, and absolutely no love involved.

January 11, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

If this is what the boys of summer are offering, I say bring on football season -- now!

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Blunt Review
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Not that this is a particularly dispicable film, it just doesn't try to do anything new and delivers mostly wooden performances.

February 25, 2004 Full Review Source:

Perhaps Freddie is simply a pawn in some sinister plan to destroy his career...

August 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Call this one foul.

May 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Weekly


August 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Summer Catch

Freddy and Matthew Lillard two of the worst actors since the millennium. Brittany Murphy awful, Jessica Biel good lawd shawty, but movie is pretty bad. Terrible Boston accents only make this movie worse.
May 11, 2010
Lenny Muggsy

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Class consciousness sustains the primary drama in this well-intentioned little tale. Freddie Prinze Jr. plays a blue-collar kid from Cape Cod who joins a roster of college hopefuls in an effort to get signed by a professional baseball team. That portion of the story plays out reasonably well; the hero's developing relationship with wealthy Vassar graduate Jessica Biel is less successful, because Biel can't act a lick. Everytime she utters a line, the film grinds to a dead stop. The script's smarmy sexuality also doesn't help; all concerned would have been better off concentrating on baseball and male bonding.
January 27, 2008
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

It was ok.
August 5, 2007

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