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.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
This umpire calls Hardball out at first base.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Guylaine Cadorette
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: B

BBC.com
June 10, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 23, 2001
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
September 17, 2001
Works where it counts, on the emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 17, 2001
Does surprisingly few lurches as it walks the tightrope between urban realism ... and family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 17, 2001
...isn't all it could be but its heart is definitely in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 16, 2001
A formulaic but amusing tale of a loser who becomes a winner by losing himself in the service of others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
September 15, 2001
"Hardball" is hard PG-13.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 15, 2001
Reeves has charm to spare with the kids and Lane but fails to convince in his drinking, gambling scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
September 14, 2001
The film has heart.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
September 14, 2001
Beneath the sappy music and formulaic story, the core of the film rang true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 30, 2007
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002

Guardian
July 11, 2002

FilmFour.com
June 25, 2002
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 30, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Top Critic
Megan Rosenfeld
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
December 23, 2001
Joseph Ruttle
Canada.com
November 12, 2001
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 12, 2001
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 8, 2001
Top Critic

CNN.com
September 24, 2001
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
September 20, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
September 20, 2001
Barrett Hooper
eye WEEKLY
September 17, 2001
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