Trouble with the Curve (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Trouble with the Curve (2012)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Against her better judgment, and over Gus's objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. -- (C) Warner Bros.more
Rating: PG-13 (for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Randy Brown
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2012
Box Office: $35.8M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Amy Adams
as Mickey
John Goodman
as Pete Klein
Scott Eastwood
as Billy Clark
Matt Bush
as Danny
Matthew Lillard
as Phillip Sanderson
Joe Massingill
as Bo Gentry
Carla Fisher
as Law Receptionist
George Wyner
as Rosenbloom
Bob Gunton
as Watson
Jack Gilpin
as Schwartz
Nathan Wright
as Drunk Fan
Louis Fox
as Lloyd
Don Young
as Regular #1
Leon Lamar
as Regular #2
Julia Walters
as Young Mickey
Dane Davenport
as Waiter #1
Eric Mendenhall
as Waiter #2
Norma Alvarez
as Grace Sanchez
Tyler Silva
as Carlos Sanchez
Jay Galloway
as Rigo Sanchez
Jack Lorenz
as Boy in Diner
Rory Lorenz
as Girl in Diner
David Cohen
as Announcer #1
Rhubarb Jones
as Anouncer #2
Josh Warren
as Pitcher
Matt R. Brady
as Swannanoa
Bart Hansard
as Bo's Father
Ryan Patrick William...
as Grizzly Player #1
Xavier Floyd
as Grizzly Player #32
Brian F. Durkin
as Matt Nelson
Sammy Blue
as Musician
Patricia French
as Diner Waitress
Jackie Prucha
as Secretary
Tom Nowicki
as Red Sox GM
Jason S. Gondek
as Red Sox Exec
Mark Thomason
as Braves Official
Jack Lorenz
as Boy in Diner
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Critic Reviews for Trouble with the Curve

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (44)

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.

Full Review… | May 12, 2014
Top Critic

Doesn't just remind you what a great screen presence Clint Eastwood is; it makes you appreciate him even more as a director because Lorenz does such a terrible job.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Long stretches of Trouble With the Curve make you wish you had other ways to occupy yourself.

Full Review… | May 12, 2014
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.

Full Review… | May 12, 2014
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.

Full Review… | May 12, 2014

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.

Full Review… | May 12, 2014
People Magazine

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.

danny d

Super Reviewer


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.

Lanning : )

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-.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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