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Summer Catch Reviews

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 8, 2014
It's a movie that should have been called on account of boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 14, 2013
As the script works toward its big-game finale, it pauses now and then to rip off Bull Durham, to let Biel spout Successories-worthy words of encouragement, and to touch on subplots involving Prinze's familiar-faced teammates.
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Malcolm Ritter
Associated Press
June 14, 2013
Maybe the filmmakers figured that the audience for Summer Catch is too young to have seen Bull Durham.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 16, 2008
When it comes to funny business, Tollin's got game, and he makes the most of some talented supporting players on his bench.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2007
[An] awful light drama.
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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
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 28, 2001
Depending wholly upon the blinkered empathy of daydreamy teen viewers, a typical FPJ movie skims over character, plot, and dialogue.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 27, 2001
Stars Freddie Prinze Jr. (strike one), features more male virgins trying to lose it (strike two) and disses the legendary baseball league in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, by filming this mess in North Carolina (strike three).
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 24, 2001
Will Ryan get signed by the majors? Will he win Tenley's heart? If you're even wondering, this movie's for you.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
August 24, 2001
When it comes to the plot, well, there are more surprises in a box of crackerjack.
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Pam Sitt
Seattle Times
August 24, 2001
Part of the problem with Summer Catch is that it can't decide if it wants to be a comedy or a drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 24, 2001
Summer Catch is the equivalent of a full-course meal with no calories. It is a mirage of a movie, 100 minutes of nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 24, 2001
A half-hearted baseball romance full of weak reminders of better films.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 24, 2001
There aren't enough metaphors of lousy baseball play to adequately describe this lackluster summer romance.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
August 24, 2001
Offensively bad teen movie that makes a bore of both baseball and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
August 24, 2001
...one more strikeout in a movie that's loaded with them.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2001
The interplay of Ryan's professional and romantic challenges rings true, but unfortunately the writers pile on contrivances and needless distractions that seriously diminish the film's overall effect.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 24, 2001
Summer Catch is supposed to be end-of -summer fun, but it's about as fun as learning to eat your spinach.
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
August 24, 2001
This one, though awkward and derivative, has a modest charm and is not entirely populated with howling simians.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 24, 2001
The wanly watchable Summer Catch ... could mark the official commencement of Prinze's Nelson-ization.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
August 24, 2001
Summer Catch has neither the weight nor flying power of a softball.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 24, 2001
Bull Durham for dummies.
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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.
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
August 24, 2001
Figuratively and literally a minor league movie.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 23, 2001
Long on clichéd plotting and short on exciting ball playing.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 23, 2001
Predictable and slight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 23, 2001
Though Summer Catch contains no dazzling special effects, it still pushes the envelope of computer magic in moviemaking. That's because this film is so mediocre and formulaic, it seems to have been generated by a software program.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2001
Neither drama nor comedy, Summer Catch is a long, slow lob of a movie that never crosses the plate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4