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March 26, 2018
One of the best sport's movies to come out of Hollywood in awhile. If not the best.
½ March 9, 2018
The rookie benefits from John Lee Hancock's restrained direction which prevents it from becoming overly sentimental.
The film does fall down in its structure as there is almost no conflict. Everything happens a little too easily to the hero. In the documentary that accompanies the DVD, Morris's mother SAYS that he had a tough journey, though this is not shown in the film. Morris's constant struggles with a shoulder injury in his early playing career are omitted and only mentioned as exposition.
Dennis Quaid gives an earnest performance as Jim Morris, although he is too old for the part. Quaid's screen persona of someone who seems to be in constant inner turmoil works here, as it provides the inner conflict the film needs. Quaid is PARTICULARLY good at showing the anxiety and stress of waiting to be called up to play in his first major league game.
Rachel Griffiths gives a mostly unsympathetic performance as his wife which lessens some of the film's emotional impact. The remainder of the cast nail their parts however.
Overall, an entertaining but flawed feel-good movie.
½ January 2, 2018
enjoyable movie based on a true story
½ November 5, 2017
A very watchable and feel good movie. Really nicely done! Love this movie every time I re-watch it
September 26, 2017
viewed on 23/6/04 (Thurs)

Heard a couple of good reviews about this film which I passed when it was showing in the cinemas. Sports movies are hardly my cup of tea.

As I was watching, the good feeling didn't come up soon, even after half-time. I was thinking, "Gosh! It is so smooth-sailing." I was waiting for a big emotional meltdown or some adversities to knock our hero out. Hardly and I am beginning to feel bored. Yeah right, if only all successes are that easy.

Now, included among the special features is a mini-documentary about the real guy. In real life, he is this simple down-to-earth guy who is grateful for that short-lived fortunes and yet he is more than willing to let it all go when age finally catches up with him. The latter was not shown in the film.

Well, maybe as I am waiting for the film to live up to the expectation of 'an inspiring sports movie', I should also realise that a simple success story should just be told simply. In fact, I got a feeling that by making a movie out of him is like giving the extra credits and recognition he didn't expect in the first place.

Rating: B
September 4, 2017
It's a ok movie if you like sports then see this movie
June 1, 2017
A decent sports movie that often feels predictable and cliche, but still charms.
½ May 30, 2017
Who likes baseball if you do then see this movie I would say ok movie
April 3, 2017
Definitely some flaws in the story, but entertaining anyway. Sweet movie about following our dreams.
March 10, 2017
Based on the true story about pitcher Jim Morris, this is a watchable but not fantastic baseball movie. Dennis Quaid does give a great performance and they caught the kid from Two & A Half Men when he was young, cute and funny NOT teenager, ugly and annoying so that's a plus.

After you get past the Disney Channel movie about a Science teacher coaching high school baseball it's actually a very good look into Minor League Baseball. Dare I say the best look we have had since Bull Durham. The message is to never give up on your dreams, of course accomplishing that you have to have talent, no job and a forgiving wife!
February 12, 2017
The rookie is one of my favorite movies. I watched it recently but i have seen it many times before and always find myself wanting to watch it again. It is a classic. In this movie Dennis Quaid is excellent as always and is probably the reason i like this movie so much. With the combination of drama and the occasional laugh it makes this movie perfect for just about any audience. Although i like sports and more specifically baseball, i feel this movie would be great for people who don't understand or don't care for sports. Instead its about a coach who reaches his dreams. This movie reminds me of my childhood dreams of becoming a professional baseball player and HITS close to HOME. This movie helped me realize that anything is possible no matter who doubts you. Thats why I would highly recommend this movie and i think it deserves a five star rating.
January 3, 2017
The Rookie can be melodramatic at times, but it's a wondrous story and triumphantly calls for cheers and standing ovations.
½ December 19, 2016
This movie offers something not a lot of movies does.....hope. You sit here and watch this movie. You get attached to not only the the players but the whole team. It offers the feeling that if they don't win you would be let down. Great movie.
½ December 7, 2016
Inspite of a powerful story and a considerable effort from the cast, this film fails due to the excessive adherence to feel good nature and an extremely lack of action or thrills.
½ September 19, 2016
It was a fun movie, but honestly, I was too distracted by how Dennis Quaid looks more like Vincent Kennedy McMahon than his own children.
½ September 19, 2016
A beautiful story. One of the all time greats.
½ August 7, 2016
The inspiring story about dream, but 147 minutes is too long.
½ June 24, 2016
Yes, Disney brings along its typical sappy formula and predictable premise, but I loved every second of this movie! It has heart, emotion, and one heck of a performance by Dennis Quaid. This is one of my favorite sports films
½ May 23, 2016
Not the best sports movie I have seen.
½ May 11, 2016
The Rookie. Rhymes with The Nookie.
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