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The Perfect Game Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 25, 2011
It's hard not to root for an underdog, especially a relentlessly optimistic one, and the reality is Game has a lot of heart. But not much in the way of legs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
April 14, 2010
Although based on the real-life tale of nine underage underdogs from Monterrey, Mexico who swept the 1957 Little League World Series, this Cinderella sports story rings false from first pitch to last.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 14, 2010
The odd engaging moment is always followed by a cloying eye-roller, such as when a nearly-new ball appears on their dusty Monterey sandlot. "Father, what does it mean?" "It means God wants us to play baseball!"
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 15, 2010
The film is perfectly mediocre, which is heartbreaking, not heartwarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Avery
Christianity Today
May 7, 2010
The Perfect Game is an earnest tribute, but the story could have been rendered more convincingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
April 15, 2010
Barely dramatizing off-the-field struggles like visa problems and the boys' first taste of good ol' American racism, the film does a disservice to the community it depicts by rendering an inspiring cultural story entirely uninspired.
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
April 30, 2010
A very slow and terrible film. This little league baseball story is so full of holes, that even diehard fans of the game would be hard pressed to sit through it. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 12, 2010
Baseball movies generally lean toward the mawkishly uplifting, an inclination wholly embraced by The Perfect Game, which resorts to such corniness that one can practically hear the screen crunching.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 16, 2010
A big, bland serving of corn that wouldn't have been out of place on The Wonderful World of Disney 50 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
April 19, 2010
[From] the second minute of the movie I knew every single thing that was going to happen and there was not a single surprise.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2010
Well-meaning but thick with cliches.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 15, 2010
The script's focus is all over the place, and it surely doesn't help that each uplifting moment of this underdog story feels contrived and cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
April 16, 2010
So overwhelmed by its own based-on-actual-events tale that it can't find the tone to tell it effectively.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
April 14, 2010
(Recommended for) Little League coaches and teams whose schedules look like 10-run rules waiting to happen. Kids on the sweet end of that rule will scoff at this overly earnest story of diamond underdogs winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 15, 2010
A paper-thin telling of a genuinely remarkable story that lifts the bullet points of a Mexican team's unprecedented run through the Little League World Series, and fills out the rest with stereotypes and rank sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 16, 2010
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 30, 2010
Director William Dear is not one to miss a sentimental beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2010
Notable only for being a catalog of just about every kid-pic cliche' ever committed to film.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
May 12, 2014
It's all stencil work without a single touch of novelty, inspiration or originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
May 13, 2014
No ironic detachment for William Dear's latest film: It may have every cliché in the book, but The Perfect Game means everything it says.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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