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Hardball Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 30, 2013
A charming sports drama that's more about humanity than the joy of winning.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 24, 2011
Had Paramount played more team ball, they coulda been a contender
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
This umpire calls Hardball out at first base.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
September 17, 2007
This is less a hardball than a softball, without any curves or surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 14, 2003
Esforçando-se ao máximo para arrancar lágrimas do espectador, o filme apela para todas as convenções estabelecidas por produções semelhantes, falhando em todas as tentativas.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 19, 2003
...Hardball is much darker and far more adult than the commercials and trailer want you to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
March 5, 2003
Home runs for all the young actors with Reeves stuck at second base.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 23, 2002
The Hollywood adaptation admirably avoids the urge to sanitize the material -- this isn't Mighty Ducks in the Hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 17, 2002
...a formulaic feel-good kind of film with cute kids and Keanu Reeves appeal. I wanted to like it more, but felt rather frustrated by its predictable storyline
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 9, 2002
It's exactly the sort of raw, powerhouse filmmaking you'd expect from director Brian Robbins, whose previous works include "Ready to Rumble," "Varsity Blues" and that gripping expose of the fast-food world, "Good Burger."
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 13, 2002
one of those irritatingly "well-intentioned" movies that constantly falls flat because it offers no depth
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 10, 2002
The toughness, tragedy and street slang built into it give it an aura of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 26, 2002
Does what it's supposed to do, and it occasionally goes a little farther than it needs to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 19, 2002
Simple, predictable, and marginally satisfying.
| Original Score: 68/100
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
December 9, 2001
What is striking about Brian Robbins' forceful direction of Hardball is its unwillingness to compromise
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 13, 2001
An enjoyable movie about the how some of us learn when we least expect it
Michael Dequina
October 9, 2001
Amounts to a two-hour torture session that would make one long for the great beyond.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
September 30, 2001
Can easily be an inspirational, feel good movie if you let it--as long as you abandon any hope for originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Keyes
September 29, 2001
...the halfhearted result of hundreds of sports movie and coming-of-age-flick clichés, thrown together without even the slightest care or reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 18, 2001
A smarmy proposition passing itself off as family fun in the style of The Bad News Bears.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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