The Babe Reviews

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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.
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.
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
It doesn`t matter that these things really happened, because the thin staging and sentimental exaggeration make them seem extremely phony in any case.
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.
May 9, 2014
An honestly unheroic view of a hero, with a grand-slam performance by John Goodman.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
May 9, 2014
Like Goodman's attempts to connect with the ball, The Babe lacks follow-through.
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.
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.
April 15, 2013
John Goodman's performance deserves to be seen. I just wish I could say that for the rest of the movie.
September 7, 2011
Goodman inspires extraordinary empathy.
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.
January 26, 2006
Surprisingly interesting, even if you don't know a home run from a stolen base.
July 19, 2005
July 5, 2005
The Babe is an entertaining and plausible depiction of one of America's greatest legends.
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