61* Reviews

March 25, 2020
What begins as a lively, vibrant evocation of one of baseball's greatest seasons ends as a frustratingly conventional tale of sports heroism, a sort of upscale movie-of-the-week for the Classic Sports Network crowd.
March 25, 2020
This film is about more than a broken record. It's about a broken heart. Watch it, and yours may break, too.
March 25, 2020
The beauty of 61, the Billy Crystal film for HBO, is that it early on makes a few dangerous missteps and corrects them quickly, all the while benefiting from a story as riveting and freshly modern as any sports story ever.
March 25, 2020
Mr. Jane, as Mantle, nails both the player's movie-star charisma and his painful, self-destructive streak.
March 25, 2020
The largest grace note is the core of the film: that's the affection and bond between Mantle and Maris, men so different in temperament, so similar in culture.
March 25, 2020
Featured here are Barry Pepper as Maris and Thomas Jane as Mantle, actors as persuasive on the field as off.
March 25, 2020
The triumph here is one of tone and texture, where the baseball and the emotions are almost always depicted just right.
March 25, 2020
The filmmakers depict the teammates' relationship with a gratifying complexity -- they're both competitive and protective of each other.
February 5, 2018
Barry Pepper is an amazing Maris look-alike, Thomas Jane manages to suggest the damage Mantle did to himself, and Richard Masur plays the sort of sportswriter I wanted to grow up to be...
July 6, 2010
While the script has its fair share of treacly moments intended to manipulate viewers into caring deeply for this duo, Billy Crystal's dream project about his beloved Yankees and one of their great chapters gets a heroic treatment in 61*.
October 21, 2001
Maybe you had to have been there to really appreciate 61*. On the other hand, 61* might just make you feel as if you were.