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The Rookie Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Rachel Griffiths creates genuine tension, but true to the Disney spirit, Hancock bails the audience from contemplating the fate of the hero too long.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 29, 2002
The movie is so resolutely cobbled together out of older movies that it even uses a totally unnecessary prologue, just because it seems obligatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
May 12, 2014
This entry in the genre is a true story that is, sadly, hampered by some signposted plot developments and undernourished characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 29, 2002
It's one of those baseball pictures where the hero is stoic, the wife is patient, the kids are as cute as all get-out and the odds against success are long enough to intimidate, but short enough to make a dream seem possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
I would almost rather have seen an A&E biography than a concocted Hollywood parable of unrealized dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
March 27, 2002
High drama, Disney-style -- a wing and a prayer and a hunky has-been pursuing his castle in the sky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2002
The Rookie: rated G for gooey godly wholesomeness. May cause drowsiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
March 16, 2002
Features a handful of memorable scenes but...doesn't garner the type of impact it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
August 18, 2003
Credit to the actors for still making it such a heartwarming affair, but like its leading character, The Rookie had the potential to be so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
This is a boy's movie, a fact director John Lee Hancock ... and screenwriter Mike Rich ... make clear with such images as an anonymous boy and his dad in the stands watching the big game together, the father whispering pointers to his son.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 24, 2002
Maybe it's asking too much, but if a movie is truly going to inspire me, I want a little more than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 23, 2002
I left the cinema feeling pleased, but also kinda hollow. The film lets us bask and reflect rather than involving us in the meat of a story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bradley Null
March 28, 2002
The result is a stilted string of short stories, many of which we've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2002
Is it me or does this movie feel like the sanitized version of Bull Durham to anyone else?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 27, 2002
Should you possess the slightest trace of sophistication, it's likely to strike you as the sort of sappily uplifting parable that's usually confined to the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bill Gallo
New Times
March 28, 2002
It's a paint-by-numbers job of the worst sort, stuffed with more tired old baseball baloney than Harry Caray and about as dramatic as shagging flies in St. Pete.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
March 29, 2002
A paint-by-numbers, cliché-riddled story that has one thing working in its favor -- it's based on stuff that really happened.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
March 29, 2002
Morris' story is exciting on its own terms, but the filmmakers seem unable to comprehend how to tell it originally and authentically.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Pam Grady
March 29, 2002
Manages a hit right down the middle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 29, 2002
The story is very keen to coddle its emotions and wrap the sports action in old songs.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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