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The Babe Reviews

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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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 9, 2014
An honestly unheroic view of a hero, with a grand-slam performance by John Goodman.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
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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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2014
Like Goodman's attempts to connect with the ball, The Babe lacks follow-through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Goodman inspires extraordinary empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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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.
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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The Babe is a muddy field of dreams fertilized with a whole lot of Bull Durham.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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