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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
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.
Read More | 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
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
November 12, 2001
| Original Score: 5/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 10, 2001
Gatins' script is a hopeless mess.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Gonsalves
September 17, 2007
This is less a hardball than a softball, without any curves or surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
September 10, 2001
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Erik Childress
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.
Read More | Original Score: D
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Robert Koehler
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.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
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