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Trouble with the Curve (2012)

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50

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 192
Fresh: 96 | Rotten: 96

Though predictable and somewhat dramatically underwhelming, Trouble with the Curve benefits from Clint Eastwood's grizzled charisma and his easy chemistry with a charming Amy Adams.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 19

Though predictable and somewhat dramatically underwhelming, Trouble with the Curve benefits from Clint Eastwood's grizzled charisma and his easy chemistry with a charming Amy Adams.

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Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus-who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat-refuses to be benched for what may be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who

PG-13,

Drama

Randy Brown

Dec 21, 2012

$35.8M

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All Critics (192) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (96) | Rotten (96) | DVD (11)

For all its occasional tin ear, Dr Phil dialogue, its contrivances and shortcuts, this remains a fundamentally sound and solid entertainment with a deep-rooted conviction that how we treat each other matters.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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Eastwood and Adams do the best they can with the cornball sentimentality and cheesy dialogue, but first-time director Robert Lorenz merely photographs the on- and off-field action. Give it a pass.

November 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Lorenz ... lays in everything methodically, fully, but without much invention or energy; you can imagine each plot development ten minutes before it arrives.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Eastwood, in his 80s, looks a lot trimmer than some of the performers in this film half his age. He may be the only octogenarian actor who has to play older than his age to be convincing.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Nobody would pay much attention to this plodding but good-hearted film if not for its star, Clint Eastwood, although he's just dialing in the go-to Cantankerous Old Man mode on which he has relied for a decade or so.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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This isn't the worst performance Eastwood has given in his 57-year career, but it's his least inspired in about a decade.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (4)
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Long stretches of Trouble With the Curve make you wish you had other ways to occupy yourself.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The good news is that Eastwood does his thing to perfection, Adams provides the spunky cuteness, and Timberlake couldn't scrub his eager charm off with a Brillo pad if he tried.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Eastwood manages to maintain his decorum throughout, like some veteran pitcher who's lost the speed off his fastball and relies on a sneaky change-up. He does just a few things, but he does them remarkably well.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

You'd have to be a meanie to let Curve's deficits overwhelm its many charms. The story is touching, funny when it needs to be, and might even leave you a little sad to see the baseball season end.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

It is a funny world in which everyone always witlessly says what they mean, every life episode is dubiously calculated for your favorite character's benefit, and every incompetent person is also morally repellent and physically grotesque.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
Willamette Week

The baseball motifs here serve a more corny story and predictable plot.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Lacking narrative momentum, saddled with thin characterizations and uninspired plotting, Trouble With The Curve should've stayed on the bench.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

The film doesn't ask you to do anything; it tells you what to feel, when to feel it, and lets you know that everything will play out just as expected so that you won't get startled.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

John Goodman weighs in with a nice cameo as Clint's old boss, but the rest is strictly relegation form.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

It does so much wrong, and it is so proud of itself for it. But it's too much fun watching these actors have such fun.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

As much as I loved Clint's squinty-eyed punditry at the RNC, his latest pitch for a mitt is - to quote Bob Uecker - just a bit outside.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

From Clint Eastwood's lovable old coot persona to Amy Adams' iron-willed combativeness, this film is a stunning, beautiful surprise. A sports movie, a romance without sentimentality, and the emotional trauma of a family secret.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

By the end, as hokey as this might seem, I found myself getting caught up it in emotionally and overall, it somehow manages to work.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: NY1-TV
NY1-TV

The star power helps the charm outweigh the schmaltz.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

As for Adams and Timberlake, they clearly signed on for the chance to work with a genuine screen legend -- wouldn't you, given the chance?

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A badly overwritten script reduces what might be an intriguing exploration of aging into a trite inspirational drama.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Like the baseball diamond that features so prominently in his film, we all know which base will be dutifully tapped next and that a home-run for the characters is inevitable.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Everyone seems to be sleepwalking through their parts in this picture.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Trouble with the Curve isn't particularly good and it isn't particularly bad. It's simply average.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Audience Reviews for Trouble with the Curve

cliche ridden, this feels like a romantic comedy/sports film of the late 80's, something you've seen 100 times. the upside is that its a very entertaining version of the same old thing, so it stands on both feet just fine and provides a very good time at the movies, especially for a date night. this film was all it needed to be to entertain. very solid.
June 26, 2014
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danny d

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Despite his politics, Eastwood is one of my all-time movie heroes. I'm able to separate the man from his art . . . that's not what I mean. I'm able to keep his politics separate from his art. This is a nearly perfect work of art. And kudos to Justin Timberlake.
October 1, 2013
binky013

Super Reviewer

Isn't Clint Eastwood getting too old for the 'Isn't Clint Eastwood getting too old for this' genres? Moneyball proved that you could make a baseball film that non-Baseball fans can enjoy and Trouble with the Curve follows suit but it as far from being as good as. Clint Eastwood plays a cliched angry old man/father, Amy Adams works too hard at her job and wants to get close to her father, Justin Timberlake is the funny/good looking suitor, John Goodman is friend with concerns, Matthew Lillard is competitive youngster who don't know jack about real Baseball, Robert Patrick is man with big ears (listens but doesn't say anything), George Wyner, Bob Gunton and Jack Gilpin play very busy sexist short-term memory important golf playing partner types and so on and so on. Every character here has been played before, many times by the same actors. It's a nice looking film from many time assistant director/first time director Robert Lorenz but it's schmaltzy, predictable, forgettable and for want of a better word, meh!
July 26, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

This is once again a film where an aging Clint Eastwood plays an old coot who can't let go of the past ,and fights like hell to keep aging from getting the best of him,

This time around he's Gus- a veteran talent scout for the Atlanta Braves whose eyesight is failing him. An upcoming job could be a career ender for him due to his health, but not to worry, his estranged daughter Mickey comes in to reconnect, and help him out, even if it means risking her own job as a lawyer on track to be a partner. And for good measure, we get a budding romance between Mickey and a former pick of Gus's turned rival scout named Johnny.

The film is largely predictable, not challenging, and not always subtle, however, when compared to Gran Torino, it's not as heavy handed, but unfortunately not as memorable either. It's still entertaining, heartwarming, and charming, so, even though it's nothing new, it does fulfill a necessary place in this world.

What ultimately saves it is the cast. In the lead is Eastwood as Gus,
and on deck and in the hole (to keep up the baseball metaphors) are Amy Adams as Mickey and Justin Timberlake as Johnny. There's backed by a supporting team of solid talent that includes John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard ,and George Wyner.

The performances are all pretty solid, and the cast have a lot of natural chemistry with one another. It doesn't hurt that we get a scene with Adams doing a cannonball off a dock into a pond while wearing nothing but her panties and a t-shirt.

All in all, the film is well meaning, if nothing all that special. It's probably something I'll forget within a few days, but it's good old fashioned entertainment in the classic sense while its lasts, so give it a go. For the rating I'm torn between 3 and 3.5, so let's call it a B-.
March 18, 2013
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Chris Weber

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    1. Gus: What do you say now jackass? Thats known as trouble with the curve.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (19 months ago)
    1. Gus: Stop before I have a heart attack killing you.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (19 months ago)
    1. Gus: What are you fellas staring at? I am not a pole dancer.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (19 months ago)
    1. Gus Lobel: What's the matter haven't you guys ever seen anyone fall down before?!
    – Submitted by Francis H (21 months ago)
    1. Gus: If this is a robbery, take everything you want... except for my flat-screen. Take my flat-screen, and I'll kill ya.
    – Submitted by Farris L (22 months ago)
    1. Johnny: So, what do you think about dinner?
    2. Mickey: You mean together?
    3. Johnny: That's a little forward, don't you think? But, if you're asking me out, then, yes, I accept.
    – Submitted by Moe J (23 months ago)
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