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The Rookie Reviews

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May 12, 2014
At two-plus hours, The Rookie is a good 20 minutes too long, but for father-son teams waiting eagerly for the umpire's "Play ball!", it's an uplifting season opener.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2014
Morris ultimately lasted two partial seasons in the majors, and the film's rendering of his minor-league struggle is so enjoyable you want to see more of that and less of the everyday life preceding it.
May 12, 2014
Though Hancock traffics in a lot of bogus small-town sentiment, The Rookie exhibits a refreshingly honest understanding of baseball as a job, with long road trips away from home and a workmanlike routine.
May 12, 2014
As Morris, the reliable Quaid throws heat, delivering smoothly in dramatic scenes and convincingly from the mound.
May 12, 2014
Refreshing and compelling.
March 12, 2013
It's Quaid and his fellow actors, Rachel Griffiths and Brian Cox, who lift the film out of its intermittent doldrums, and together they deliver that rare thing: a nuanced sports movie.
March 12, 2013
The Rookie is shot through with star-spangled sentiment, but its light touch and "true story" origins combine to make it feelgood fun even for schmaltz-phobic Brits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 12, 2013
Until The Rookie came along, I'd forgotten how good and smart a family film can be.
January 22, 2013
Slow moving, even pedestrian at times, yet this Dennis Quaid vehicle strikes a lot of genuinely heartwarming moments along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2012
Deftly constructed to stoke the baseball-phenom fantasies of coulda-shoulda-woulda middle-aged guys and fields-of-dreaming young diamond studs.
July 14, 2011
Earnest, uplifting baseball melodrama
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 29, 2010
Sweet and engaging despite some flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 17, 2010
In one of his greatest performances, Dennis Quaid puts nasty velocity and wicked movement on his delivery. A patient, emotionally honest sports film about resurrecting a dream and investing all you never knew you had.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 7, 2008
It spreads the inspirational butter thicker than the diamond action and buries the school team beneath Morris' quest for a new career, but develops a lyrical sense of what it's like to resurrect self-worth and chase one's dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2007
The Rookie is one of those rare, wonderful 'formula' films that ... favors understatement over exaggeration, subtlety over sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 26, 2007
All the uplift could easily get cloying, but director John Lee Hancock knows how to keep things in control, and the whole is surprisingly satisfying.
December 30, 2006
A fine example of heartwarming real-life drama, with performances that ring true and some terrific moments that befit a classic American Dream story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 26, 2006
My all-time favorite baseball movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 9, 2006
If they gave an Oscar for Best Performance in a Mediocre Movie, Dennis Quaid should already be clearing his mantelpiece.
February 1, 2004
It shows us that things may not be like they used to, but we can still enjoy the celebration of things past.
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