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Summer Catch (2001)



Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 80

Cliched and predictable, Summer Catch is a reminder of better films.


Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 27

Cliched and predictable, Summer Catch is a reminder of better films.



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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 (87) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (80) | DVD (11)

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
Chicago Reader
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Don't catch it. Drop it.

June 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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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Depending wholly upon the blinkered empathy of daydreamy teen viewers, a typical FPJ movie skims over character, plot, and dialogue.

August 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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

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

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:

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
Blunt Review

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
Palo Alto Weekly


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

Freddie Prinze Jr. has become the opposite of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. His face on a movie poster guarantees a bad time.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Whitman is right: Baseball is our poetic register, and so I've become whimsical for the days of tee-ball and George Brett and when baseball movies were beautiful.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Primarily to blame for this mess is the leaden script by Kevin Falls and John Gatins, which absorbs a bushel of baseball clichs while demonstrating a singular inability to present love, sex or even bawdy jokes.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Check it out if you're drunk and looking for a shoulder-shrugging time-waster...

February 6, 2002
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Notable only for the spectacle of watching both Prinze and Biel getting out-performed in the same motion picture by Matthew Lillard.

January 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

In the interest of maintaining the status quo running time of 80-some minutes, we are subjected to a painfully ugly series of subplots and side characters.

December 12, 2001 Full Review Source:

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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