• PG-13, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Charles Stone III
    In Theaters:
    Sep 17, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 1, 2005
  • Buena Vista Pictures

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Mr. 3000 Reviews

Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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This fuzzy baseball story about a conceited player (Bernie Mac) who comes out of retirement to fix his record (he's three hits short of the magic three thousand) is a major letdown.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 12, 2014
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Bernie Mac plays a baseball-star version of his corrosive TV-show persona in Mr. 3000, a comedy that's essentially an extended ad for ESPN. Ironically, though, the insertion of real-life media provides the film's few laughs.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

May 12, 2014
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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A mild and forgettable baseball comedy.

Full Review Source: AV Club

March 21, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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There are no big surprises, but Mac and director Charles Stone III hit all the right dramatic notes, and Angela Bassett is reliably smart and sexy as Mac's love interest.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 21, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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This one's out of the park.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

August 14, 2007
Jonathan Crocker
Time Out
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Deliberately Louisville-slugs its audience over the head.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's a solid base hit.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Newsday
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Good-looking and smooth, with a great soundtrack...

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 18, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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An uncompromisingly grown-up comedy that any willing adult can see in any multiplex in the country.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 18, 2004
Sara Gebhardt
Washington Post
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The script is much like a nine-inning sitcom that uses an obvious formula to tell a familiar story while garnering cheap laughs.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 17, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Although the writing and direction are flabby, the drama contrived and the romance utterly unbelievable.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 17, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Bassett and Mac deserve better vehicles for their charm and talent.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

September 17, 2004
Malene Arpe
Toronto Star
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An intermittently charming remake of the 1992 Tom Selleck yarn Mr. Baseball.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

September 17, 2004
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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It's no Bull Durham, but it certainly gives Major League a run for its money.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 17, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Slumps under the weight of product endorsements and a misguided romantic subplot.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 17, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Even the weakest baseball films absorb some of the charm of the game. Mr. 3000 does that, and throws in a lot of Bernie Mac laughs in the bargain.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Comes up a few laughs short of being something worth leaving the house for.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

September 17, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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[Mac] gives surprising wisdom and heart -- along with the laughs -- to what could have been just another generic baseball comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Director Charles Stone III and writers Eric Champnella, Keith Mitchell and Howard Michael Gould have reconfigured a sports movie plot to bring to it depth as well as laughter, and, better yet, made it unpredictable.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

September 17, 2004
Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail
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If the role of Ross was not written for Mac, it was certainly tailored for him. Just as a champion athlete carries a team on his back, Mac carries the film.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Bernie Mac is too talented to be wasting his time in movies like Mr. 3000. And you'd be wise not to waste your time with it as well.

| Original Score: D+

September 17, 2004
Kelley L. Carter
Detroit Free Press
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Mr. 3000 is devoid of easy-to-do buffoonery, allowing the characters to have some layers.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2004
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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A comedy with bite.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A halfway entertaining movie.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 17, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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A surprisingly laid-back -- at times even morose -- comedy.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 17, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Bernie Mac knocks it out of the park as an arrogant former superstar in Mr. 3000, a surprisingly edgy comedy that presents perhaps Hollywood's least flattering portrait ever of Major League Baseball.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 17, 2004
Mark Wolf
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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An engaging, if erratic, comedy.

| Original Score: B-

September 17, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Bernie Mac gives a funny and kind of touching performance as a man who attains greatness once and then has to do it again.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2004
Anita Gates
New York Times
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In creating the breathtakingly arrogant baseball player Stan Ross, Bernie Mac gives moviegoers a character they love to hate, then a newly humbled character they can root for.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 16, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Mr. 3000 is not a great movie, but it's affectionate. It reveals the cuddly side of Mac. It reimagines midlife romance with the warmth of a Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn movie, if without its wit.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2004
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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For a movie with such a big number in its title, Mr. 3000 never amounts to much.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

September 16, 2004
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Bernie Mac makes this slight sports comedy worth watching, taking the laughs well into the bottom of the ninth.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

September 16, 2004
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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A genuinely likable film about a guy who's pretty unlikable.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 16, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A baseball film that has its heart in the right place but struggles to generate laughs.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2004
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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The story has all the honest spontaneity of a postgame interview.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 16, 2004
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Clear and formulaic from the onset is Ross' path to self-discovery.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2004
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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Squanders Mac's natural gift of salty gruffness by shoehorning him into a dull, heartwarming cinematic lesson on humility and the joys of teamwork.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 15, 2004
Brian Lowry
Variety
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A sports movie that lacks any suspense or dramatic tension about what transpires on the field, and Mac plays such a self-absorbed jerk through most of the film that rooting interest is minimal.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 15, 2004
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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In his first at-bat as leading man, charismatic funnyman Bernie Mac delivers a winning turn as a retired 47-year-old baseball great making an unlikely comeback.

September 15, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Mac displays the same rough charm that we see on his TV show and in his supporting roles.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 13, 2004
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