The Phenom

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Powerfully acted and emotionally affecting, The Phenom proves a baseball movie can step away from the mound and still deliver a heater down the middle.

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A sports therapist (Paul Giamatti) tries to help a troubled rookie pitcher (Johnny Simmons) who grew up with an abusive father (Ethan Hawke).

Cast & Crew

Ethan Hawke
Hopper Senior
Alison Elliott
Susan Gibson
Yul Vazquez
Coach Eddie Soler
Marin Ireland
Rachel Cullum
Noah Buschel
Screenwriter
Jeff Rice
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Kim Jose
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Pascal Borno
Executive Producer
Jason Cloth
Executive Producer
Aaron L. Gilbert
Executive Producer
Don Mandrik
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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (10)

  • When Buschel narrows his focus and has a handle on these characters' essences, there are flashes of greatness. All he needs is a tighter grip.

    January 1, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Steve Greene

    indieWire
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  • This "love me daddy" baseball pic that earns points for spending less than 5 percent of its time on the diamond and refusing to end in open competition...so far as the playing field is concerned.

    July 1, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's Hawke who gives the film its dramatic urgency.

    June 24, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Not everything here works... But it's an interesting, great-looking film, and Simmons is just dynamite in it.

    June 24, 2016 | Full Review…

    Linda Holmes

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  • A welcome surprise for sports cinema, "The Phenom" handles itself like Robert Redford's "Ordinary People" when exploring the psychology of a Lebron James or Johnny Manziel-like sports sensation.

    June 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Instead of big fireworks, "The Phenom" offers low-key character moments. It's a small film with a lot of insight.

    June 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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  • Jan 31, 2018
    Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) is in a position that every little boy dreams about. He is a star rookie pitcher in Major League Baseball. His numbers and talent are off the chart, when all of a sudden, he can't find the strike zone. There is nothing wrong with him physically, so the team sends him down to the minors and puts him to work with the top sports psychologist in the country. I really don't understand professional critics and what they look for when they rate a film. Take The Phenom for example, this film has got to be the slowest and most boring sports film I've ever seen, yet it has an 80 on Rotten Tomatoes. There was very little sports action in this film and the fast majority of it consisted of this guy sitting in a room talking to a shrink! Yes, the shrink was played by Paul Giamatti, who is an unbelievably talented actor, but why the hell would anyone want to watch some dudes therapy session? When he wasn't in therapy, he should be on the field, but no, he's dealing with his over barring father, who is fresh out of prison. Who plays this bad ass, bullying his pro-athlete son, who is in peak physical condition? A very old looking, very tattooed, Ethan Hawke and I really wasn't buying that for a second. There were some talented actors in this film, no doubt, but The Phenom was 88 minutes of talking and nothing more, what in the hell is so great about that? This film was as boring as movies get, so unless you're a die hard Paul Giamatti fan, I would absolutely let this one pass you by.
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