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The Perfect Game Reviews

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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+
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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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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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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 16, 2010
It's an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy based on the true-life story of scrappy young baseball players from Mexico.
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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.
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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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 16, 2010
This inspirational film, written by first-timer (and producer) W. William Winokur, is not for cynics or those resistant to cute kids (and child actors sometimes given to mugging).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 15, 2010
A very sweet, very slight family movie that scores smiles and tears of joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2010
The heart of both the story and its telling do help in smoothing over other deficiencies, sweet and disarming in its belief that something like a baseball game can make a bigger difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
April 15, 2010
The climactic drama of the championship game owes largely to the fact that, despite their unprecedented success as a foreign team in the tournament, young Angel Macias and his teammates somehow didn't go down in history, at least not stateside.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2010
Well-meaning but thick with cliches.
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2010
You sort of know how these underdog sports movies turn out. Doesn't matter. The Perfect Game so expertly uses the charisma and personalities of the actors, especially the young ones, that it's thrilling anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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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