For Love of the Game - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

For Love of the Game Reviews

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Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 8, 2014
The movie isn't the equivalent of a perfect game, but it's a winner nonetheless.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 8, 2014
Under the confident direction of Sam Raimi, Mr. Costner gives a restrained but emotionally accessible performance.
Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
An old-fashioned Hollywood sports story/romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
November 26, 2009
Costner and Preston's convincing work together go a long way in keeping the audience interested and involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
For Love of the Game is an entertaining double play: an excellent baseball movie and an even better love story.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Costner and company do a fine job getting you into the head of an aging sports idol at a pivotal moment in his life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
*For Love of the Game continually pushes its luck past the breaking point.
| Original Score: B-
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 6, 2003
While For Love of the Game has much to recommend it, particularly Costner's strong, understated performance, Raimi throws too many unnecessary curves.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Unabashedly sentimental (try saying the title with a straight face), this is a touching story of a man at the end of a great career and the beginning of a great relationship. Repeat after me: Great date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Costner baseball flick is great at motion, not so hot at emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Francesca Dinglasan
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Even the most adamant purists of the game will appreciate the utter flawlessness of the choreography, which is arguably the most realistic in the history of the genre.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Despite a creaky moment or two, it's an entertaining star vehicle that works as both an engrossing competition movie and a poignant love story.
| Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
A heart-affecting midlife drama.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Costner's third baseball film is a big sloppy wet kiss to American's favourite pastime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Those who have even a small soft spot for baseball's soothing rhythms will be hard-pressed to resist it.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
This is a highly complex film, with multiple flashbacks to different points in Chapel's life, but director Sam Raimi manages to hold it all together, showing us that it all comes down to just one decision.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The director especially deserves credit for the verisimilitude of the baseball sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Even if it's an uneven, often overwrought piece of work, it's nevertheless compelling evidence that given the right role, Costner can still cut it in the majors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
The outcome of the game is fairly predictable, but still quite thrilling, as all good sports movies are, and the casting of real-life announcer Vin Scully as the play-by-play man was pure genius.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cornell & Petricelli
January 1, 2000
The baseball story was self-contained and involving for those who do not understand or appreciate the game, and Costner's range of emotions was genuinely gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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