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August 14, 2018
"The Catcher Was a Spy" has a strong line-up, but there's no chemistry, making this one feel like a giant swing-and-miss.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 22, 2018
Sadly, this film stumbles in its telling from its opening moments, and one problem quickly rises above the rest: Paul Rudd is heinously miscast in this role.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 5, 2018
In the end, The Catcher Was A Spy was much more catcher and not enough spy. What we end up with is a film that's the opposite of how fascinating its lead subject is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 22, 2018
So much of the nuance and the outright, exhilarating contradictions of a man like Berg are burned off in the exhaust of a roving and disjointed war story.
July 3, 2018
Moe Berg was a Boston Red Sox, Princeton grad, fluent in seven languages, and a patriot who spied for the U.S. military as a hobby. He was many things. But was he gay? You decide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 20, 2018
Berg was an enigmatic and underappreciated Renaissance Man, and we leave the film not especially enlightened.
January 22, 2018
The Catcher Was a Spy can't latch onto an intriguing angle, choosing instead to leave Berg as a cipher but calling him an "enigma."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 22, 2018
But for a movie that wants to tell you this unbelievable story about a smart guy, "The Catcher Was a Spy" shows its hand with faux-intellectualism.
June 21, 2018
Somehow, The Catcher Was A Spy is flavorless and unexciting, thanks to an execution as formulaic as a well-worn copy of The Joy Of Cooking.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 21, 2018
But not only is Lewin unsuitable as a director, so is Paul Rudd badly miscast as Berg.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 18, 2018
As lifeless and dull as being at a White Sox game in 2018
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 22, 2018
Like deserting the movie somewhere between subversive and derivative, the filmmakers struggle to show Berg both as an average bum and as a brainy badass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 30, 2018
It's a less than passable espionage thriller watered down by a vague character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 21, 2018
The biggest adrenaline pump comes when Berg, stir-crazy after working at a desk during World War II, runs at full speed down a hallway. There's a shootout later on that gets less attention than that one short sprint.
June 21, 2018
"The Catcher Was a Spy" only ever penetrates the surface - of Berg's psyche, of heroism in the face of evil, of America's pastime - so that historical events ostensibly thrilling are rendered rote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 22, 2018
Handsome cinematography fails to disguise the low production value, and constant cross-cutting between strategy meetings and the mission itself make both parts of the sandwich feel moldy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 14, 2018
As the film proceeds, the appeal of its nostalgia wears thin and you may notice that there isn't much beyond the window dressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2018
The Catcher Was a Spy has every element needed for a gripping espionage thriller, but sadly falls flat with its placid direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 21, 2018
Lewin has crafted a biopic spy thriller, kind of, but the script has neither the character shadings to be a biopic nor the pacing and twist and turns to be a spy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 25, 2018
It is inconsistent in almost every way that matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.3/10
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