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For Love of the Game Reviews

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May 8, 2014
Far more horrifying than Evil Dead, Sam Raimi's attempt at making a sports-oriented romance strikes out, forfeits and loses three times before its two hours and 10 minutes are up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 22, 2011
Thinking back through the movie, I cannot recall a single thing either character said that was worth hearing in its own right, apart from the requirements of the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 8, 2014
This guy is earnest, tireless, noble in his devotion to America's pastime and mostly dull as branch water.
March 29, 2011
Like Billy this movie is good on the field, but not so much once off it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 8, 2014
Here are two things that definitely don't go together: baseball and piano music.
February 13, 2008
For Love of the Game is painless, but it's also pompous and pious about baseball in a way that doesn't mean much to a non-fan like me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 25, 2011
For the first 100 minutes or so I found this hokey but serviceable; after that my watch became more meaningful than anything I could locate on-screen.
January 1, 2000
A soapish weeper filled with clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
For Love of the Game is an odd and ultimately unsatisfying mix of sport myth and romantic melodrama, like a desperate attempt to make a baseball films that girls can enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 2, 2002
Instead of quitting while he's way ahead, Costner takes on For Love of the Game, a melodramatic film version of Michael Shaara's novel.
April 13, 2017
Every scene away from the ballpark is in foul territory.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
For Love of the Gameis designed to put a baseball-sized lump in your throat. Well before that, however, you may feel like putting a lump on Kevin Costner's head.
June 17, 2008
Costner is as uneven as the storytelling itself, stone cold at moments, shimmeringly real in others.
September 17, 1999
Depressingly, for a plot propelled by a love story, For Love of the Game sure strikes out when it comes to Billy and Jane's romance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 25, 2011
A perfect game in Yankee Stadium is no big deal these days; two have been pitched in the past 16 months. But a good baseball movie, that's hard.
May 8, 2014
Not a frame reflects the distinctively edgy touch that director Sam Raimi brought to films as diverse as The Evil Dead and A Simple Plan.
May 8, 2014
Those flashbacks will drive you nuts. As if baseball didn't drag on long enough, almost every inning or out of that Yankees game is punctuated by a memory.
May 8, 2014
The baseball sequences are fabulous, not least because Costner looks and moves like a real player a rarity for actors in sports movies... But the love story, a five-year off-and-on affair, is little more than a sop to Costner's romantic faithful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 8, 2014
This is no perfect -- or even half-perfect -- game. It's another movie where conventions are subbed for life lessons, where the emotions are cued by golden oldies and where the motivation (at least on the studio's part) isn't love of the game but money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 9, 2004
Like Chapel, Costner believes himself to be great, even when he's slowly getting worse.
Read More | Original Score: 67/100
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