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.

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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 … 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


as Mickey

as Pete Klein

as Billy Clark

as Danny

as Phillip Sanderson

as Bo Gentry

as Smitty

as Law Receptionist

as Rosenbloom

as Watson

as Schwartz

as Drunk Fan

as Lloyd

as Regular #1

as Regular #2

as Young Mickey

as Waiter #1

as Waiter #2

as Grace Sanchez

as Carlos Sanchez

as Rigo Sanchez

as Boy in Diner

as Girl in Diner

as Announcer #1

as Anouncer #2

as Pitcher

as Manager

as Swannanoa

as Bo's Father

as Grizzly Player #1

as Grizzly Player #32

as Matt Nelson

as Musician

as Diner Waitress

as Secretary

as Red Sox GM

as Red Sox Exec

as Braves Official

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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