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Hardball Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Read More | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 26, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
September 24, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
September 17, 2001
Works where it counts, on the emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 17, 2001
Does surprisingly few lurches as it walks the tightrope between urban realism ... and family entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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Norman Wilner
Toronto Star
September 14, 2001
There's nothing wrong with a good cry, or a good cliche, and Hardball offers both by the barrel.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 14, 2001
Just dreadful.
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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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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 14, 2001
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll do exactly what this formula hip-hop baseball saga wants you to do.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 14, 2001
A surefire heart-tugger made with skill and judgment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Don Irvine
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2001
This is a film designed not so much to tell a coherent and moving story as it is to deliver a van full of cinematic groceries to a certain audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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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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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
September 14, 2001
So much a copycat film, with so low a level of originality, that it makes almost superhuman demands on its cast of young actors, who need only the love of Keanu Reeves to turn them into a field of winners.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 13, 2001
Hardball is an unpleasant tale of questionable redemption for a guy who rightly says, 'I'm just a loser.'
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 13, 2001
Never really transcends the formula.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 13, 2001
Surprisingly brusque yet likable.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 13, 2001
Hardball has more going for it than the dismal Replacements.
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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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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
September 13, 2001
Strikes out looking.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 13, 2001
Cynics may roll their eyes at Hardball's earnestness, but the movie proves even the most conventional stories can move and engage you, provided they're told well.
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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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David Germain
Associated Press
September 13, 2001
Hardball is a two-hankie sports soap opera, but don't hold that against it. With surprising melodrama, the film packs some powerful emotional swings that will hearten the toughest of jeering crowds.
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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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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 13, 2001
More a double than a home run, but worth a look.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2001
Aims for the gut but instead beans the viewer with a wildly unbelievable yarn.