For Love of the Game Reviews

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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.
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.
May 8, 2014
On the field, Costner is consistent, but his exploration of Billy's romantic dilemma is superficial and often wooden.
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
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
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