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The Babe Reviews

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May 9, 2014
While Goodman renders a portrait of Babe Ruth that in some ways is bigger than the Bambino himself, the film fails to arouse the imagination of its audience the way the ballplayer thrilled his more than 60 years ago.
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Aside from being superficially written, aside from being shot with little sense of time or place, the movie portrays Babe Ruth as a man almost completely lacking in the ability to have, or to provide, happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 15, 2013
John Goodman's performance deserves to be seen. I just wish I could say that for the rest of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5.4
September 3, 2009
Despite Haxell Wexler's alluring lensing, this thinly dramatized, overly episodic Babe Ruth biopic resembles a telepic that has lost its way onto the big screen.
May 1, 2003
A terrible bio-pic, almost as bad as William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story; Goodman is all ham; inaccuracies abound; no real sense of the game is evident.
| Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Everything's played so big, there's no room for singles, small details that show touching moments. In Babe, everything's got to be a homer or nothing.
May 9, 2014
Like Goodman's attempts to connect with the ball, The Babe lacks follow-through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 9, 2014
What could have been the Raging Bull of baseball movies becomes the nibble of a mouse on the legend of a giant.
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.
July 14, 2004
The weakest baseball movie not to star Tom Selleck, Corbin Bersen, or a team of lovable black inner-city tots.
February 22, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The Babe is a muddy field of dreams fertilized with a whole lot of Bull Durham.
June 2, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
July 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
May 9, 2014
It doesn`t matter that these things really happened, because the thin staging and sentimental exaggeration make them seem extremely phony in any case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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
May 9, 2014
Goodman inhabits the large role with much vigour and a stupid hairdo, choffing down the food, spoiling the kids in his audience and coming on to the ladies with the gusto of a slob.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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