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The Babe Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 9, 2014
An honestly unheroic view of a hero, with a grand-slam performance by John Goodman.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
May 9, 2014
It's a movie with a heart as big as the Babe's and a story line as untidy as his eating binges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Marriott
Radio Times
May 9, 2014
John Goodman perfectly captures the hero's commitment, enthusiasm, insecurity and weaknesses, and helps distract from the fact that the film is episodic, not cinematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 9, 2014
Goodman was born to play this role, but John Fusco was not born to write this screenplay, and Arthur Hiller was not born to direct this movie.
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
May 9, 2014
Thanks to Goodman and the great Ruth mystique, The Babe does maintain a median level of entertainment. But somehow you want a movie about a fellow this big-natured and mythic to hit a home run. What we have here is more of a solid base hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

TV Guide
May 9, 2014
Hiller and Wexler compliment Goodman's performance by visually conveying the underside of the baseball milieu, depicting the behind-the-scenes machinations with the dark-toned glow of the Inferno.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Goodman inspires extraordinary empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Surprisingly interesting, even if you don't know a home run from a stolen base.
Mike Barkacs
July 5, 2005
The Babe is an entertaining and plausible depiction of one of America's greatest legends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
June 29, 2005
Goodman as Babe Ruth has good moments.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
June 25, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 18, 2003
Charts the life and exploits of America's first real superstar athlete.

May 24, 2003
The film is eminently watchable if seldom enlightening.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 21, 2003
The Babe, set mostly in the 1920's, has an elaborate period look, but it is held together almost entirely by Mr. Goodman's performance and Ruth's penchant for miracles.
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Not one of the best baseball biopics out there, but Goodman makes it fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Barbaro
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
I really pretty much liked The Babe, despite its shortcomings, it's entertaining throughout, and Goodman, in his first starring dramatic role, is great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The saving grace here is the central performance by John Goodman -- and he is magnificent.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 9, 2014
Ninth-inning attempts to probe the darker side of Ruth's life and his shabby treatment at the hands of baseball during his declining years are no more compelling than the rest of this by-the-numbers bio.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 9, 2014
It's not a bad movie. But its sentiments are faster than its reflexes. By the time it tries to uncoil a home-run swing, the ball has already vanished.
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
May 9, 2014
Goodman should have been perfect for the title role: like Ruth, he's a regular Joe of hugely irregular proportions in appetite and accomplishment. Too bad Hiller and Fusco cut him down to size.
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