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Million Dollar Arm (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Pleasant to a fault, Million Dollar Arm is a middle-of-the-plate pitch that coasts on Jon Hamm's considerable charm without adding any truly original curves to Disney's inspirational sports formula.

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Based on a true story, Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" follows JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if JB doesn't come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, JB comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition called "Million Dollar Arm" where 40,000 hopefuls compete before two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku and Dinesh (Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal), emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton). The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team. Not only is the game itself difficult to master, but life in the U.S. with a committed bachelor makes things even more complicated-for all of them. While Rinku and Dinesh learn the finer points of baseball and American culture, they in turn teach JB the true meaning of teamwork and commitment. Ultimately, what began as a purely commercial venture becomes something more and leads JB to find the one thing he was never looking for at all-a family. (c) Walt Disney Pictures

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Cast

Jon Hamm
as JB Bernstein
Bill Paxton
as Tom House
Lake Bell
as Brenda
Allyn Rachel
as Theresa
Tzi Ma
as Chang
Bar Paly
as Lisette
Jaspaul Sandhu
as Grumpy Guy
Kuldeep Rajput
as Plant Manager
Vivek Pandkar
as Document Inspector
Pawan Chopra
as Coach (Lucknow Sports Academy)
Ruturaj Shinde
as Chubby Kid
Chirag Sethi
as Tall Kid
Lata Shukla
as Rinku's Mother
Harrish Chandra
as Rinku's Uncle
Brooke Jaye Taylor
as Woman in Elevator
Andrew Benator
as Hotel Manger
Joshua Mikel
as Delivery Guy
Hunter Burke
as Ball Player
Ravi Naidu
as Indian Reporter
Al Sapienza
as Pete the Scout
Mike Pniewski
as Walter (Pittsburgh Scout)
Shane Callahan
as Procorp Agent #1
Jason Vail
as Procorp Agent #2
Yashwant Joshi
as Dinesh's Father
Anand Kumar
as Cab Driver
Autumn Dial
as Server at Popo's
Chirag Sonawane
as Pitching Kid
Anthony Renaud
as ESPN Producer
Anthony P. Voorhees
as Scout at Tempe #2
Adam Benz
as Burly Scary Guy
Steve Levy
as ESPN Reporter
Karl Ravech
as Baseball Tonight Host
Curt Schilling
as Baseball Tonight Host
Barry Larkin
as Baseball Tonight Host
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Critic Reviews for Million Dollar Arm

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (39)

Sappy, saccharine, and predictable to the point where it's almost painful.

Full Review… | May 18, 2014
ReelViews
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A completely by-the-numbers affair.

Full Review… | May 16, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

JB is not the wisest of men and Million Dollar Arm makes no bones about him being a character in need of an upward arc. Even so, the movie never sacrifices the other characters as mere handmaidens to his growth.

May 16, 2014
Denver Post
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Million Dollar Arm, based on true events, did a fairly good job of keeping me engaged even though I knew exactly where it was going every step of the way.

Full Review… | May 16, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

There is a gaping hole where "Million Dollar Arm"'s heart should be that widens to crater-size in the second half.

Full Review… | May 16, 2014
RogerEbert.com
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Million Dollar Arm is cute, cloying, simplistic, borderline offensive ... and thoroughly effective.

Full Review… | May 16, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Audience Reviews for Million Dollar Arm

Formulaic is the operative word

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer

½

A typical feel-good movie that believes that being charming is enough to keep us interested, but it is clichéd, excessively predictable to the point of being annoying and tries to sell us an incredibly corny (and laughable) message that "baseball shouldn't be about business but about fun."

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

J.B.: How fast do they pitch in cricket?...Fine, bowl. How fast do they bowl in cricket? It is easy to see the main issue with Million Dollar Arm, as it is all over the poster. I like Jon Hamm, I look forward to seeing what he does, once Mad Men ends and he can really delve into some much better film roles, which he is more than able to handle, but his character is not the interesting part of this story adapted from reality. Still, we follow this sports agent in a film that takes the Disney sports movie formula (which has worked many times before) and applies it to this "Jerry Maguire heads to India" story. Unfortunately, while there are commendable elements, the film has little desire to really delve into the more interesting material involving the two kids with the million dollar arms. read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

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