Summer Catch Reviews

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Smriti Mundhra
IGN Movies
August 8, 2014
The film is as predictable as the outcome of a New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Devil Rays game, but you can bet nobody will be standing up to do the wave.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 8, 2014
It's a baseball romance with precious little baseball and only the most insipid, by-the-numbers kind of romance.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 24, 2001
A half-hearted baseball romance full of weak reminders of better films.
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Whitman is right: Baseball is our poetic register, and so I've become whimsical for the days of tee-ball and George Brett and when baseball movies were beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 30, 2001
Because I'm a baseball fan, I tend to be an easy mark for baseball-themed movies, but something as badly focused and feebly scripted as Summer Catch just makes me wish for the Fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
August 8, 2014
Not even a cast of fresh-faced acting hotshots can give flavour to this bland and undistinguished teen sporting romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
August 8, 2014
Big chunks of plot seem to be missing, as if left on the editing-room floor so that director Mike Tollin, in his feature debut, can get to yet another inspiring speech.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
December 12, 2001
In the interest of maintaining the status quo running time of 80-some minutes, we are subjected to a painfully ugly series of subplots and side characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 24, 2001
In baseball slang, a 'can of corn' is a high, lazy fly ball to the outfield. The baseball movie Summer Catch is the cinematic equivalent of that can of corn.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 23, 2001
It's hard to stop thinking of cliches after you've seen Prinze's latest and worst.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 27, 2001
For cheap drama, clumsy comedy and weak romances, you've come to the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
March 31, 2007
The element of Summer Catch that sours it all for good is that so many actors decided it would be a good idea to be in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
The film steps up a notch when the action is on the field. However, many directors before him have portrayed the beloved sport better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 23, 2001
Long on clichéd plotting and short on exciting ball playing.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 21, 2001
Prinze's next "summer catch" is liable to be a venereal disease.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 20, 2002
Freddie Prinze Jr. has become the opposite of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. His face on a movie poster guarantees a bad time.
| Original Score: 1/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
March 26, 2004
If this is what the boys of summer are offering, I say bring on football season -- now!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 24, 2001
This feature is like a double header, two sets of clichés for the price of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
August 23, 2001
Less a movie than a disposable, instantly forgettable marketing device aimed at getting gullible teenage butts in the seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 51/100
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 23, 2001
It is to movies what expansion is to baseball: You've built the parks; now you have to have something to put in them.
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