The Babe Reviews

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
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
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.
September 7, 2011
Goodman inspires extraordinary empathy.
January 26, 2006
Surprisingly interesting, even if you don't know a home run from a stolen base.
July 5, 2005
The Babe is an entertaining and plausible depiction of one of America's greatest legends.
June 29, 2005
Goodman as Babe Ruth has good moments.
June 25, 2004
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.
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.
July 26, 2002
Not one of the best baseball biopics out there, but Goodman makes it fun.
January 1, 2000
The saving grace here is the central performance by John Goodman -- and he is magnificent.
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.