Trouble with the Curve Reviews

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Top Critic
Tom Charity
CNN.com
May 12, 2014
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.
John Wildman
Film Comment Magazine
May 12, 2014
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.
Jay Stone
Canada.com
May 12, 2014
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.
Alynda Wheat
People Magazine
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.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV
January 22, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
January 22, 2013
The star power helps the charm outweigh the schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
January 22, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013
This feels like a fairly disposable entry in Eastwood's filmography, and represents a confident if uninspiring start to Lorenz's directorial career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
December 11, 2012
It's basically Moanyball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2012
Director Robert Lorenz does a proficient, if unremarkable job corralling all the cliches into a pleasing, predictable package...And let's face it: nobody serves out a big, well-deserved dose of comeuppance like Clint. Even without a gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
December 7, 2012
A classy old school character drama that dips into sentimentality in its final stages, but remains first-rate in every other aspect.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
December 7, 2012
The narrative feels almost intentionally hokey and diagrammatic, a framework that gives the actors freedom to display their best-known qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 7, 2012
Well, I have got nothing against a bit of ludditeism. You know I'm a big fan of Clint Eastwood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
December 6, 2012
Randy Brown's script is a luddite fantasy that has Eastwood grumbling and telling technology to get off his baseball diamond...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 1, 2012
Pointing to her head and her heart, when Amy Adams indicates that 'you've got to have it in both places' she could well be referring to the qualities of this film.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
November 30, 2012
However, old-fashioned and rather simplistic it requires a certain indulgence, much like Gus himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
November 30, 2012
This is a solid entry into the genre. It ticks all the boxes without offering anything new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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