Mr. Baseball Reviews

  • Apr 12, 2021

    Funny, original, & romantic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Starring Tom Selleck.

    Funny, original, & romantic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Starring Tom Selleck.

  • Feb 18, 2021

    Enjoyable and entertaining. Once again Ebert gets it right while most of the other critics fail.

    Enjoyable and entertaining. Once again Ebert gets it right while most of the other critics fail.

  • Sep 30, 2020

    I always thought this was pretty good. Has some good laughs. Good acting. I've seen far worse sports movies

    I always thought this was pretty good. Has some good laughs. Good acting. I've seen far worse sports movies

  • Dec 23, 2019

    This movie is fantastic! It's not going to win any Oscars, but you'll enjoy watching it. It's a great story, Tom Selleck does a great job as the American jackass.

    This movie is fantastic! It's not going to win any Oscars, but you'll enjoy watching it. It's a great story, Tom Selleck does a great job as the American jackass.

  • Sep 07, 2017

    God this movie sucks.... coming from somebody that owns about every baseball movie there is, I wouldn't buy this POS in a Target 99 cent bin. Quick question, was it in Dennis Haysbert's will that he has to be in every baseball movie from 1991-1998? To talk about how even Tom Sellecks mustache mails it in here, go to broforcesquad.com

    God this movie sucks.... coming from somebody that owns about every baseball movie there is, I wouldn't buy this POS in a Target 99 cent bin. Quick question, was it in Dennis Haysbert's will that he has to be in every baseball movie from 1991-1998? To talk about how even Tom Sellecks mustache mails it in here, go to broforcesquad.com

  • Apr 16, 2017

    Japanese really love baseball.Some Americans like it.But baseball is not popular than football. Japanese worship baseball players.Even they respect American former major league players.This is a movie about American baseball player's struggles in Japan.An American player learned Japanese baseball and culture.Finally, he became a member of team and won. This movie is all about " Learn Japanese culture' .This is not a typical American baseball movie ,which American players win world series. I read some reviews on Rotten Tomato. Most of the movie fan are disappointed with Mr.baseball..If they could know some Japanese etiquette and manners, they might laugh at some of the funny behavior of Americans Most Americans don't know Japanese manner."" Why he has to wash the body before bath? "Why Japanese slurp noodles. "etc. The best scene is that the baseball player make a speech in Japanese. He swears that he will play for the team and respect the team work.This is a Japanese spirit. Again, this is a movie of not only baseball but cultural experience. If you are interested in learning Japanese culture , please watch it.

    Japanese really love baseball.Some Americans like it.But baseball is not popular than football. Japanese worship baseball players.Even they respect American former major league players.This is a movie about American baseball player's struggles in Japan.An American player learned Japanese baseball and culture.Finally, he became a member of team and won. This movie is all about " Learn Japanese culture' .This is not a typical American baseball movie ,which American players win world series. I read some reviews on Rotten Tomato. Most of the movie fan are disappointed with Mr.baseball..If they could know some Japanese etiquette and manners, they might laugh at some of the funny behavior of Americans Most Americans don't know Japanese manner."" Why he has to wash the body before bath? "Why Japanese slurp noodles. "etc. The best scene is that the baseball player make a speech in Japanese. He swears that he will play for the team and respect the team work.This is a Japanese spirit. Again, this is a movie of not only baseball but cultural experience. If you are interested in learning Japanese culture , please watch it.

  • Mar 28, 2017

    This movie is awesome. Tom plays one of his best role as a man out of his element in a different culture. I wont spoil it for anyone but the ending is excellently played. Can never complain about that stache or maine of chest hair either

    This movie is awesome. Tom plays one of his best role as a man out of his element in a different culture. I wont spoil it for anyone but the ending is excellently played. Can never complain about that stache or maine of chest hair either

  • Oct 29, 2016

    Jack Elliot (Tom Selleck) is an aging American baseball player unsuspectingly put on the trading block during Spring Training in 1989 by the New York Yankees in favor of "rookie phenom" first baseman Ricky Davis, and there's only one taker: the Nagoya Chunichi Dragons of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. Upon arrival in Japan, the arrogant Elliot clashes with the Japanese culture and the team's manager, and before long he alienates his new teammates. He believes the rules and management style of his new skipper, Uchiyama (Ken Takakura), are ludicrous, and continues to do things his way, which leads his already dwindling performance to suffer even more. His only ally on the team is another American ballplayer, Max "Hammer" Dubois (Dennis Haysbert), with whom he commiserates about his frustrations, but even Max becomes fed up with Jack's attitude and lack of respect for the game and his team. At the same time, Elliot develops a relationship with the beautiful Hiroko (Aya Takanashi), who is, he later learns, Uchiyama's daughter. After one too many outbursts, including knocking out his interpreter (during a brawl), Elliot is suspended from play. After meeting Hiroko's family, including Uchiyama, Uchiyama admits to Jack that he hired him over the objections of management (they wanted Pete Clifton from the Boston Red Sox) and now his own career, not just Jack's, is in jeopardy. After hearing this, Elliot swallows his pride and admits his deficiencies. Uchiyama becomes his mentor. In a rare show of humility, he apologizes to the team in Japanese and the team rallies around him and teaches him the value of sportsmanship and respect for hard work. Uchiyama lifts his suspension and begins to work with Elliot on improving his play. The reinvigorated Elliot's enthusiasm for team play is contagious and the mediocre Dragons become contenders for the Central League pennant... Bill Diehl of ABC called Mr. Baseball "uproariously funny," while Steve Wille of Sports Illustrated glowed, "Tom Selleck deserves a baseball Oscar." Siskel and Ebert, in their review of the film, commented on its formulaic plot and lackluster writing, but also praised the film for its realistic crowd shots, direction, and Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack. Janet Maslin of The New York Times singled out Selleck's performance for praise, writing, "The character of Jack, whose being sent to Japan is the impetus for "Mr. Baseball," provides Mr. Selleck with something unusual: a movie role that actually suits his talents. Mr. Selleck's easygoing, self-deprecating manner works particularly well when he lets himself look silly, as he often does here." At the first sight "Mr. Baseball" might look like "Major League" from 1989 and that sort of light sports comedy we have seen many times, but compared to the latter "Mr. Baseball" digs a bit into the study of American values contra Japanese values and each culture. The feeling of ending up in a culture you first of all don´t understand which makes you feel completely outside of everything, the struggle to work around it and the values of eventually becoming a part of the specific culture. The clash of cultures is nothing new either, but I reckon director Fred Schepisi manages to create a balance between being entertaining but also showing a deeper side within this comedy. It´s also about growing up and understanding the self and others as well. Yes, it is a clichéridden film, but you have to take it for what it is. This is the sort of film that really fits Tom Selleck and his acting skills. He is perfect as the arrogant and selfcentered Jack Elliot. The baseball scenes are quite good and realistic, the layers to the story are nice but yet subtle. All in all "Mr. Baseball" is entertaining and I would love to go to Japan in a near future.

    Jack Elliot (Tom Selleck) is an aging American baseball player unsuspectingly put on the trading block during Spring Training in 1989 by the New York Yankees in favor of "rookie phenom" first baseman Ricky Davis, and there's only one taker: the Nagoya Chunichi Dragons of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. Upon arrival in Japan, the arrogant Elliot clashes with the Japanese culture and the team's manager, and before long he alienates his new teammates. He believes the rules and management style of his new skipper, Uchiyama (Ken Takakura), are ludicrous, and continues to do things his way, which leads his already dwindling performance to suffer even more. His only ally on the team is another American ballplayer, Max "Hammer" Dubois (Dennis Haysbert), with whom he commiserates about his frustrations, but even Max becomes fed up with Jack's attitude and lack of respect for the game and his team. At the same time, Elliot develops a relationship with the beautiful Hiroko (Aya Takanashi), who is, he later learns, Uchiyama's daughter. After one too many outbursts, including knocking out his interpreter (during a brawl), Elliot is suspended from play. After meeting Hiroko's family, including Uchiyama, Uchiyama admits to Jack that he hired him over the objections of management (they wanted Pete Clifton from the Boston Red Sox) and now his own career, not just Jack's, is in jeopardy. After hearing this, Elliot swallows his pride and admits his deficiencies. Uchiyama becomes his mentor. In a rare show of humility, he apologizes to the team in Japanese and the team rallies around him and teaches him the value of sportsmanship and respect for hard work. Uchiyama lifts his suspension and begins to work with Elliot on improving his play. The reinvigorated Elliot's enthusiasm for team play is contagious and the mediocre Dragons become contenders for the Central League pennant... Bill Diehl of ABC called Mr. Baseball "uproariously funny," while Steve Wille of Sports Illustrated glowed, "Tom Selleck deserves a baseball Oscar." Siskel and Ebert, in their review of the film, commented on its formulaic plot and lackluster writing, but also praised the film for its realistic crowd shots, direction, and Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack. Janet Maslin of The New York Times singled out Selleck's performance for praise, writing, "The character of Jack, whose being sent to Japan is the impetus for "Mr. Baseball," provides Mr. Selleck with something unusual: a movie role that actually suits his talents. Mr. Selleck's easygoing, self-deprecating manner works particularly well when he lets himself look silly, as he often does here." At the first sight "Mr. Baseball" might look like "Major League" from 1989 and that sort of light sports comedy we have seen many times, but compared to the latter "Mr. Baseball" digs a bit into the study of American values contra Japanese values and each culture. The feeling of ending up in a culture you first of all don´t understand which makes you feel completely outside of everything, the struggle to work around it and the values of eventually becoming a part of the specific culture. The clash of cultures is nothing new either, but I reckon director Fred Schepisi manages to create a balance between being entertaining but also showing a deeper side within this comedy. It´s also about growing up and understanding the self and others as well. Yes, it is a clichéridden film, but you have to take it for what it is. This is the sort of film that really fits Tom Selleck and his acting skills. He is perfect as the arrogant and selfcentered Jack Elliot. The baseball scenes are quite good and realistic, the layers to the story are nice but yet subtle. All in all "Mr. Baseball" is entertaining and I would love to go to Japan in a near future.

  • Aug 17, 2016

    Washed up baseball player finds himself playing in Japan in this typical sports comedy. Selleck seems stiff and sleepwalks his way through the boring melodramatic script.

    Washed up baseball player finds himself playing in Japan in this typical sports comedy. Selleck seems stiff and sleepwalks his way through the boring melodramatic script.

  • May 30, 2016

    Great movie. A bit of a stupid funny and if you know a little about baseball and how much its different in Japan that makes it even better!

    Great movie. A bit of a stupid funny and if you know a little about baseball and how much its different in Japan that makes it even better!