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The Rookie Reviews

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.
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
Until The Rookie came along, I'd forgotten how good and smart a family film can be.
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.
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.
February 9, 2006
If they gave an Oscar for Best Performance in a Mediocre Movie, Dennis Quaid should already be clearing his mantelpiece.
July 20, 2002
You can see why the filmmakers optioned the story from a Sports Illustrated article: It just works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
June 1, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2002
What saves it is Dennis Quaid, a fine and generally underrated actor who plays a real-life small-town Texas high-school science teacher and baseball coach who fulfills his dream of pitching in the big leagues.
April 10, 2002
Hancock's heartfelt movie scores a solid hit.
April 10, 2002
A sports film with feel-happy appeal for all, regardless of age or interest.
April 1, 2002
I hesitate to use the phrase 'family film' because it has such fluffy connotations, but this is really a rare G-rated movie that's suitable for all viewers.
March 31, 2002
Morris' story was a cinch to become a movie, and Disney does an adequate if somewhat bland job in bringing it to the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 29, 2002
So unassuming and pure of heart, you can't help but warmly extend your arms and yell 'Safe!'
March 29, 2002
A rarity to be cheered: a smart, engaging family film that stands firmly in the best of the Disney tradition.
March 29, 2002
Even when there are lulls, the emotions seem authentic, and the picture is so lovely toward the end ... you almost don't notice the 129-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 29, 2002
It soars with palpable sentiment and spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 29, 2002
It's an observant and worthwhile film that, for most of its running time, is a persuasive anatomy of middle-aged disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
The idea is sentimental, but Quaid dries all the sappiness out of it.
March 29, 2002
Such a class act on so many levels that it feels as fresh and stirring as your first-ever baseball flick.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
As averse as I usually am to feel-good, follow-your-dream Hollywood fantasies, this one got to me.
March 29, 2002
Perfect family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
As inspirational stories go, this one is top-notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
When it's not glorifying baseball and Texas myths, The Rookie zips like a good fastball.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 29, 2002
The embodiment of the very message it so modestly conveys -- it's the accomplished little guy we fervently root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
Something particularly clean shines in this American fairy tale, a quality of simplicity that's almost as hard to achieve in such movies as a middle-aged man's boyhood dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 29, 2002
It is lucky to have Dennis Quaid, who is a fit 47, give an extraordinarily honest and restrained performance as Morris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 29, 2002
A welcome relief from baseball movies that try too hard to be mythic, this one is a sweet and modest and ultimately winning story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2002
An unapologetically emotional film that doesn't make you gag, one that manages to be sentimental without turning into a shameless wallow.
March 28, 2002
[Quaid] puts on Jim Morris' game face, captures his pitching style and manages somehow to make 'bringing heat' seem sexy.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 28, 2002
It's hard not to get caught up in this improbable but true follow-your-dream tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2002
It's a family movie (rated G, no less) that is actually about family, and one that treats families in a realistic, recognizable way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2002
Shamelessly manipulative, but it's harder than you might imagine to steel your heart against its sentimental leanings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2002
Despite failed ambitions and occasional servings of corn, The Rookie manages to be both appealing and true to the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 28, 2002
The film goes beyond being just another sappy, come-from-behind baseball yarn to score as an easygoing ode to modest, forestalled dreams.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2002
Solid, lump-in-the-throat family entertainment that derives its power by sticking to the facts.