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Eight Men Out Reviews

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
May 6, 2014
Unfortunately, the movie's didacticism returns in the lengthy and somewhat tedious courtroom ending dealing with the aftermath of the Series.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's an insider's movie, a baseball expert's film that is hard for the untutored to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2007
Baseball fans might find this marginally absorbing; for anyone else it's as conscientious and stylistically pedestrian as Sayles's other films, and a mite overlong to boot.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
Sayles often seems like a man who, trying to stretch a single, gets caught between bases and is desperately trying to evade the rundown.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If John Sayles were a ballplayer, they'd call him Lefty -- not for his pitching arm but for his politics. The devoutly liberal filmmaker's political point of view is certain. It's his dramatic focus that sometimes gets fuzzy.
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
October 22, 2003
Why do people like baseball? (No answer required.)
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2013
Eight Men Out never gathers much authority; the old themes have been hung on a rickety structure that constantly threatens to collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A treat for baseball fans but might bore others.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
May 6, 2014
It's a sad and compelling piece that is totally convincing and doesn't require a knowledge of baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2002
Sayles serves as a historian in this deft sports drama. One for the ages.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 11, 2004
One of the best sports movies of all time.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
I think it's the best basball movie I've ever seen.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Eight Men Out is the best sports film since The Natural.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Rebecca Murray
August 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
October 27, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 13, 2007
Sayles gives the film an intelligent, well-researched, nostalgic tone with plenty of quiet moments to round out the excitement.
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Variety Staff
March 21, 2007
Perhaps the saddest chapter in the annals of professional American sports is recounted in absorbing fashion in Eight Men Out.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Sayles's best film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Given the inevitably knotty plotting, the message is oddly unrevealing, although the film features more than enough intelligently, wittily scripted moments to remain a fascinating insight into a crucial episode in the souring of that old American Dream.
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