Field of Dreams

1989

Field of Dreams

Critics Consensus

Field of Dreams is sentimental, but in the best way; it's a mix of fairy tale, baseball, and family togetherness.

86%

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86%

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"If you build it, he will come." That's the ethereal message that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. At first, "he" seems to be the ghost of disgraced ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), who materializes on the ballfield and plays a few games with the awestruck Ray. But as the weeks go by, Ray receives several other messages from a disembodied voice, one of which is "Ease his pain." He realizes that his ballfield has been divinely ordained to give a second chance to people who have sacrificed certain valuable aspects of their lives. One of these folks is Salingeresque writer Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), whom Ray kidnaps and takes to a ball game and then to his farm. Another is Doc Graham (Burt Lancaster), a beloved general practitioner who gave up a burgeoning baseball career in favor of medicine. The final "second-chancer" turns out to be much closer to Ray. That "magical" field in Dyersville, Iowa still draws thousands of baseball-happy tourists each year. ~Rovi

Cast

Kevin Costner
as Ray Kinsella
Amy Madigan
as Annie Kinsella
Ray Liotta
as "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
James Earl Jones
as Terence Mann
Burt Lancaster
as Dr. "Moonlight" Graham
Gaby Hoffmann
as Karin Kinsella
Frank Whaley
as Archie Graham
Dwier Brown
as John Kinsella
James Andelin
as Feed Store Farmer
Mary Anne Kean
as Feed Store Lady
Fern Persons
as Annie's Mother
Kelly Coffield Park
as Dee, Mark's Wife
Michael Milhoan
as Buck Weaver
Steve Eastin
as Eddie Cicotte
Charles Hoyes
as Swede Risberg
Art LaFleur
as Chick Gandil
Lee Garlington
as Beulah, Angry PTA Mother
Mike Nussbaum
as Principal
Larry Brandenburg
as PTA Heckler
Robert Kurcz
as PTA Heckler
Don John Ross
as Boston Butcher
Bea Fredman
as Boston Yenta
Geoffrey Nauffts
as Boston Pump Jockey
Anne Seymour
as Chisolm Newspaper Publisher
C. George Baisi
as Man in Bar
Howard Sherf
as Man in Bar
Joseph R. Ryan
as Man in Bar
Joe Glasberg
as Costumer
Brian E. Frankish
as Clean-shaven Umpire
Jeffrey Neal Silverman
as Clean-shaven Center Fielder
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Critic Reviews for Field of Dreams

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (8)

  • In Costner, writer-director Robinson has found the perfect player for a personal-stakes game, a guy with a leg-it-out intensity and kidlike enthusiasm. It's Costner's eye-on-the-ball exuberance that carries Dreams past its often mechanical aesthetic.

    Apr 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • All of this would work better if Robinson built up the reality of the town more, made the citizens a more palpable presence, as Frank Capra did in Hollywood's greatest fable-fantasy, It's a Wonderful Life.

    Mar 20, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The sentimentality, of which there is plenty, is nicely balanced by a humor of ironic pragmatism, as when Ray, having built his baseball field as a monument to human dreams, decides to charge tourists $20 a head to visit it.

    Mar 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite a lovely cameo turn by Burt Lancaster, Field of Dreams is the male weepie at its wussiest.

    Mar 16, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The life-equals-baseball masterpiece still packs an unexpected kick.

    Nov 3, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Field of Dreams sustains a dreamy mood in which the idea of baseball is distilled to its purest essence: a game that stands for unsullied innocence in a cruel, imperfect world.

    Mar 21, 2007 | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for Field of Dreams

  • May 30, 2015
    Saw this for the first time today. Finally understand why it makes men cry lol.
    Jared H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2013
    Despite Costner, Field of Dreams is magical. It is certainly the best movie about baseball ever made but it also speaks to lost opportunities, missed connections and chances of redemption.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2012
    It's delightful for what it is...but what it is is a movie about ghost baseball players that I wouldn't watch over and over again, unlike Die Hard. Once is enough :~P The beginning has a nice thrillery feel, and I enjoy how Ray's wife is happily supportive, but when it becomes a buddy road trip movie, the flimsy connections between Terence Mann and Doc Graham just don't cut the cheap ballpark mustard.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2012
    Field of Dreams is more like "The Ghosts of Baseball's Past" that follows every character's unresolved issues with faith, imagination, and optimism.
    Max G Super Reviewer

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