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Hardball Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 14, 2001
A misshapen mess which relies on shameless manipulation and cute casting to cover its lack of a plot and phony emotions.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 14, 2001
We're always aware of the formula--and in a picture based on real life, we shouldn't be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 26, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 12, 2001
Hardball is a softball, and this umpire calls it out at first base.
| Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 13, 2001
The coach is the nominal main character, not the players, and, thus, Hardball is focused on the least interesting person on the field.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 10, 2001
By the end ... I fled the theater with ill wishes for everyone involved, including the projectionist and the guy who sold popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
November 12, 2001
| Original Score: 5/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 10, 2001
Gatins' script is a hopeless mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 17, 2007
This is less a hardball than a softball, without any curves or surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 12, 2001
Hardball may sound like an inner-city remake of The Bad News Bears, but the sunny, light touch of that film is nowhere to be found in this somber feature.
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Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
September 10, 2001
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 12, 2001
Movies like Hardball (with it's cut down "PG-13" rating) shy away from reality in order to appease a mass audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
September 13, 2001
Hardball remains watchable when it's not hitting you like a baseball bat with poignancy. But by the time you've endured all of the shamelessly manipulative plot turns and heart-yanking speeches that close out the movie, all you can do is cry foul.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 13, 2001
In the relentlessly routine new film, Mr. Reeves gives the impression of just doing time between Matrix episodes. Audiences may feel like they're doing time, too.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 13, 2001
It's a tossup as to what's more distasteful in this film -- the slathered-on schmaltz or the grim urban stereotypes.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 13, 2001
Never really transcends the formula.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 2001
The movie is so littered with cliches of genre, as well as clichés of artifice in Reeves' pained performance, that any semblance of social reality goes foul.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 14, 2001
There's no cork inside Hardball, but there's more than enough corn.
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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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 8, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 30, 2007
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 30, 2002
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Barrett Hooper
eye WEEKLY
September 17, 2001
Joseph Ruttle
Canada.com
November 12, 2001
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
September 20, 2001
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 12, 2001
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
December 23, 2001
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Megan Rosenfeld
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
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Ebert & Roeper
September 20, 2001
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September 24, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

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June 25, 2002

Guardian
July 11, 2002
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