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Bull Durham Reviews

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 20, 2013
Screwball Annie and hardball Crash aren't playing the same game, which is Shelton's conceit as well as a possible screen-writing miscalculation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 20, 2013
Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed the film, displays a knowledge of and affection for the national pastime. You can see it in the knowing detail he brings to even the minor characters.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
March 11, 2013
[Shelton is] uncanny at putting us inside his players' heads when they're on the mound or up at bat, running their private litanies of encouragement and subversion to psych themselves up.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
March 11, 2013
Rather than a vapid national epic, it is a warm, droll, deftly cracked romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
March 11, 2013
The acting in Bull Durham cannot be faulted and should be remembered at Oscar time. Sarandon has one of the juiciest female roles in years and she makes you think no one could play it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 16, 2011
Shelton locates the tension and the humor between pitches, between ball games, between the sheets. It helps too that he has written the wittiest, busiest screenplay since Moonstruck, and that his three stars do their very best screen work.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 14, 2007
Costner is a natural as the dyed-in-the-wool ballplayer. His best lines are when he's philosophizing, like on being an All-American male who hates anything by Susan Sontag.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2007
There's a lot of laughter and enjoyment on the way to the lockers.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Marvellous stuff.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Bull Durham is a film with spring fever, a giddy, playful look at life in baseball's minor leagues.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Bull Durham, the new baseball movie starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, eases up on you, lazy as a cloud, and carries you off in a mood of exquisite delight.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Bull Durham is a treasure of a movie because it knows so much about baseball and so little about love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Writer/director Ron Shelton lobs juicy lines to players Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, and they all hit home.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 15, 1988
If one was to make a list of the best baseball-themed movies of all time, Bull Durham would have to be in consideration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4