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This Old Cub Reviews

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Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
April 1, 2005
This Old Cub is admirable for its profile of a man who's still pushing on, even after all the adversity he faced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 6, 2005
...the exclusion of Santo from the HOF is the single biggest injustice ever perpetuated by the voters
Full Review| Original Score: B
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 3, 2005
A must-have for Cubs fans who fondly remember Ron Santo.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 6, 2004
Ron's story goes beyond the world of sports.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
November 18, 2004
Ron Santo personifies Hemingway's claim that 'Man can be defeated but not destroyed'
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mark Wolf
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 27, 2004
You don't have to be a fan of Ron Santo, the Cubs or even baseball to appreciate this warm and winning tribute to Jeff Santo's dad.
| Original Score: B
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 19, 2004
From the "labor of love" file...This Old Cub focuses on what Santo means to the Cubs organization and the bleacher bums, and what the team and the fans mean to Santo.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2004
A heartfelt tribute to both the player and the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2004
Though at times sentimental, the documentary is a terrific character sketch, capturing both the rough edges and the compassion of its subject.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 7, 2004
It's hard to imagine a public figure letting anybody but a family member capture these private moments on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
May 31, 2004
I barely knew who Ron Santo was before I saw this. Now, he's one of my new heroes.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
April 1, 2004
If you have to live vicariously, there are probably few people better to do it through. Because hometown bias aside, Ron Santo is in the hall-of-fame of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 25, 2004
More tribute than documentary, but the film's subject, former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, has earned the adulation.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
March 25, 2004
An intimate, moving (if at times repetitive) tribute to the former Cubs third baseman and current radio commentator.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2007
Jeff [Santo] said he purposely avoided taking a son's perspective, which leaves him without much perspective at all.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
August 27, 2004
The problem with the movie for anyone but Cub crazies is that son Jeff gives us no perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
August 11, 2004
Competent but innocuous feature begins to overstay welcome at the 60-minute mark.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
July 26, 2004
Genial but wandering and woefully edited... one simply wishes This Old Cub asked a few more actual questions of its old diehard Cub subject.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
July 21, 2004
Shot on video with little regard for the aesthetics of framing -- and edited with as about as much feel for dynamics and pacing -- This Old Cub describes, superficially at best, the life and career of Santo.
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