The Perfect Game

Critics Consensus

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.

57%

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Living amidst the gritty poverty of 1957 Monterrey, Mexico, a rag-tag group of boys from the other side of the tracks discovers the joy of sandlot baseball under the guidance of Cesar, an aspiring major league coach thwarted by discrimination. Armed with the dream of playing a real Little League game, the young team members defy a total lack of resources, disapproving parents, and widespread prejudice to score their first Little League victory on U.S. soil and find themselves at the beginning of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Relying on their religious faith, a warm-hearted priest and their love of the game, the nine players and their coach embark on an incredible, record-breaking winning streak that leads them across the border to southern Texas, and all the way to the 1957 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., where a miracle will cement their place in history and change their lives forever. Based on the true story of the 1957 Monterrey Industrials Little League team, "The Perfect Game" is an inspiring and heartwarming tale of faith and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Cast

Cheech Marin
as Padre Estaban
Emilie De Ravin
as Frankie Stevens
Bruce McGill
as Mr. Tanner
Moises Arias
as Mario Ontiveros
Jake T. Austin
as Angel Macias
Jansen Panettiere
as Enrique Suarez
David Koechner
as Charlie 'Mac' Tompkins
Louis Gossett Jr
as Cool Papa Bell
Ryan Ochoa
as Norberto
Carlos Gomez
as Umberto Macias
John Cothran Jr.
as Clarence Bell
Tracey Walter
as Captain Slater
Oliver Dear
as Officer Spike
Ramon Franco
as Señor Villarreal
Ruben Garfias
as Señor Suarez
Chalo Gonzalez
as Maria's Father
Julieta Ortiz
as Señora Suarez
Leticia Castillo
as Señora Onitveros
Ernie Lively
as Coach Sam Hicks
Karen Trella
as Brenda Louisville Tour Guide
Seraly Morales
as Oralia Macias
Sonya Eddy
as Rose Bell
Chris Mulkey
as Lucky Haskins
William Marquez
as Mexican Official #1
Gino Montesinos
as Mexican Official #2
Ismael 'East' Carlo
as Fundidora Supervisor
Jon Baggio
as Bus Ticket Clerk
Patrick McGreal
as Umpire (Louisville)
Steve Seagren
as Umpire (Williamsport)
David Salzberg
as Dylan Texas Cowboy
Maddy Curley
as Waitress
Samantha Boscarino
as Gloria Jimenez
William May
as Juan Zaraqosa
Andrew Thatcher
as Immigration Officer
Matt Battaglia
as Coach McCallan
Wyatt Smith
as McAllen Player #1
Mat Smith
as McAllen Player #2
Carlos Compean
as Mexico City Coach
Alfredo Rodriguez
as Jose 'Pepe' Maiz
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Game

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

  • 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.

    Apr 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.

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

    Apr 16, 2010

    Joe Leydon

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

    Apr 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."

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

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