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May 8, 2014
For Love of the Game asks whether the same qualities that make an athlete a champion don't also destroy his happiness. The answer, unfortunately, is long-winded and redundant... But some of the baseball scenes are good.
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 8, 2014
Here are two things that definitely don't go together: baseball and piano music.
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
On the field, Costner is consistent, but his exploration of Billy's romantic dilemma is superficial and often wooden.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
For love of the God, what is wrong with the once-likable Kevin Costner?
May 8, 2014
I'm all for romance, you understand. But what makes this a drawback is that these people are all wrong for each other and that the filmmakers don't seem to know it.
May 8, 2014
The rhythms of the game feel right; the rhythms of the romance feel embarrassingly Harlequin, and the picture drags on for over two hours.
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
The movie isn't the equivalent of a perfect game, but it's a winner nonetheless.
May 8, 2014
For Love Of The Game seems lost, as one overlong melodramatic interlude follows another, each more predictable than the entirely predictable game itself.
May 8, 2014
This guy is earnest, tireless, noble in his devotion to America's pastime and mostly dull as branch water.
May 8, 2014
Under the confident direction of Sam Raimi, Mr. Costner gives a restrained but emotionally accessible performance.
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.
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.
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
June 17, 2008
Costner is as uneven as the storytelling itself, stone cold at moments, shimmeringly real in others.
January 26, 2006
[The] game stretches over most of the film, but any anticipated suspense is undercut by the sepia-tinted inserts charting the couple's bumpy uninvolving five-year romance from first meeting to acrimonious split(s)
July 21, 2005
For Love of the Game is an entertaining double play: an excellent baseball movie and an even better love story.
February 21, 2004
At two hours-plus, it doesn't just seem long, it sometimes feels like a double rain delay.
February 14, 2001
Those who have even a small soft spot for baseball's soothing rhythms will be hard-pressed to resist it.
January 1, 2000
The director especially deserves credit for the verisimilitude of the baseball sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
[For Love of the Game] gives Kelly Preston, in by far her most impressive performance yet, a character with a past, a richly textured present and the same kind of emotional complexity accorded Costner's heroic Tiger.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Filmmaking, like baseball, is a team game, and sometimes even a talented lineup produces unexceptional results.
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.
January 1, 2000
It is a romance about a man and a woman, and it is a romance about baseball itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
OK, Sam, maybe you believed you had to sell your soul to Hollywood. But did you have to sell it this cheap?
January 1, 2000
The film comes across like the un-Bull Durham: Every woozy cliché that Shelton and Costner refrained from has been given pride of place here.
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