Up for Grabs Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 26, 2007
Even if you didn't follow the story then, Wranovics tells it so wryly your interest never flags -- and there's more suspense for newcomers, since the mystery and court verdict remain in doubt until the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 1, 2007
Up For Grabs, a buoyant documentary by Michael Wranovics, touches three bases of contemporary life: greed, litigiousness and a fixation with fame, however fleeting, that rises to the level of dementia.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 23, 2007
It's a terrific story -- part mystery, part farce, part legal nail-biter -- with a last-minute reversal so bitterly ironic it could have been scripted by Billy Wilder.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
In the annals of baseball history, their battle will remain a curious little footnote, but sometimes footnotes are more compelling than the main text.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 12, 2005
This smartly assembled comedy articulates irritation with and bewilderment at its subject: the legal battle for possession of a baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 17, 2005
It would be hard to find a more succinct and entertaining indictment of American popular culture and obsessive sports fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 17, 2005
It definitely has entertainment value, providing of course that you're able to find amusement in greed, duplicity and expensive litigation.
| Original Score: B
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 9, 2005
Up for Grabs may be the perfect sports doc for this me-first day and age.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
May 19, 2005
A twisty little documentary about the aftermath of Bonds' fat swing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 12, 2005
A winning combination of humor and crafty filmmaking that cleverly masks the social commentary going on beneath.
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2005
If Wranovics is somewhat too noncommittal in his presentation, he still shows a great eye for detail.
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Anita Gates
New York Times
May 6, 2005
The film spends a little too much time on the fates of previous home run balls in general.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 6, 2005
Michael Wranovics' documentary replays this sorry chapter in all-American greed in glorious detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 6, 2005
Michael Wranovics' highly enertaining documentary Up for Grabs is a wry, Rashomon-like tale.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 6, 2005
The longer the case drags on, the more you may begin to wish that, somehow, both sides lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 5, 2005
Director Michael Wranovics does a deft job of keeping things moving, eccentric and nutty: After all, where else, and under what other circumstances, could someone say 'he caught it' about Popov in a singles bar and have women flock around him?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
May 3, 2005
The tone is best captured by one Bay Area sportswriter's wry comment that catching a valuable home run ball is 'sort of like winning the lottery except you feel like you earned it.'
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2005
Captures the excitement of the game as well as the intimate drama -- and comedy -- of the human conflict.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 15, 2005
With complex lead characters, an endless supporting cast and focus on an inanimate object that draws out the weakness in men, the movie has more in common with the Lord of the Rings trilogies than anything from the camera of Ken Burns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 13, 2005
A sly curve ball of a documentary best described as a sports-themed Rashomon with an O. Henry twist.