The Perfect Game

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It's bogged down with an unfocused script and countless sports movie cliches, but The Perfect Game still manages to charm with its unabashed sweetness and a stirring final act.

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Amid the poverty of Monterrey, Mexico, a ragtag group of boys discovers the joys of sandlot baseball, thanks to the guidance of a coach (Clifton Collins Jr.) who had once hoped to make it in the major leagues. Armed with a dream of playing in the Little League, the boys defy the odds, setting off on an unprecedented winning streak that leads them across the border to America and the 1957 Little League World Series.

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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Game

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (19)

  • Notable only for being a catalog of just about every kid-pic cliche' ever committed to film.

    May 7, 2010 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • Director William Dear is not one to miss a sentimental beat.

    April 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [From] the second minute of the movie I knew every single thing that was going to happen and there was not a single surprise.

    April 19, 2010
  • It's an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy based on the true-life story of scrappy young baseball players from Mexico.

    April 16, 2010

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • So overwhelmed by its own based-on-actual-events tale that it can't find the tone to tell it effectively.

    April 16, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Anyone much older than, say, 10, will likely find the underdog saga sappy and manipulative, not to mention filled with sports movie cliches, including the following statement: "It will take a miracle to make them into a real team."

    April 16, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 21, 2014
    The Perfect Game is harmless and good hearted but it feels too cliche and unmemorable to be an effective sports film.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2014
    I had read before that Mexico had won the Little League World Series in 1957 and 1958. What I hadn't read, was anything about this team. I had no idea what they had to go through just to make it happen. This could easily be considered the greatest baseball story of all time. They not only overcame the fact that they had never played organized ball before. They had to overcome financial issues, discrimination and not having a coach for a while. This team had some kids with real talent, and I think they won because they wanted it more. I thought the acting in this movie was a little forced, but it was not terrible. Cheech Marin does a good job playing the priest. It has some more famous child actors as well as Marin, including Jake T. Austin who plays Max on Wizards Of Waverly Place and Moises Arias who played Rico on Hannah Montana. I think all the kids do a pretty good job. The movie is supposed to have a relaxed, light-hearted and family friendly feel and it does. However, it does not have this in a cheesy way. It takes on racism, and shows how the Mexican team overcame racism not only for themselves, but for a black player from another team in a restaurant. It shows the impact that they left on the people who saw them play. A local Texas reporter who hates baseball eventually develops into a person who loves this team and wants to cover them at Williamsport. I like the part where they get advice from the groundskeeper, who turns out to be legendary Negro League player Cool Papa Bell. There were a lot of elements included in this movie that really make you think, that hold your attention and capture your imagination. I rented this from a Redbox and watched it twice before taking it back. This movie also made me want to learn more about the real life team and I found a lot of good articles. I would recommend this movie for any serious baseball fan, and for any family that is looking for a good film to watch together. It crosses that audience spectrum in the same way that The Sandlot, Angels In The Outfield, Little Big League and Rookie Of The Year do. This story/movie has become one of my favorites ever. Highly recommended. Don't expect an Oscar winner in production quality, but it's a great watch nonetheless. 2-10-14
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2012
    It started out slow but turned out to be an ok flick about a Mexican little league team.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2012
    A wonderful story, presented in a very hoaky, melodramatic way. A decent effort, but even I (who likes touching stories) found myself rolling my eyes in more than one scene. Another funny aspect to this movie: the kids from Mexico all talk English amongst themselves. However, when there is a scene with someone who only speaks English, they only verbalize in Spanish. That was very different.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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