Trouble with the Curve

2012

Trouble with the Curve

Critics Consensus

Though predictable and somewhat dramatically underwhelming, Trouble with the Curve benefits from Clint Eastwood's grizzled charisma and his easy chemistry with a charming Amy Adams.

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Total Count: 202

66%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 46,106
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Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus-who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat-refuses to be benched for what may be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Against her better judgment, and over Gus's objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. -- (C) Warner Bros.

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Cast

Amy Adams
as Mickey
John Goodman
as Pete Klein
Scott Eastwood
as Billy Clark
Matt Bush
as Danny
Matthew Lillard
as Phillip Sanderson
Joe Massingill
as Bo Gentry
Carla Fisher
as Law Receptionist
George Wyner
as Rosenbloom
Bob Gunton
as Watson
Jack Gilpin
as Schwartz
Nathan Wright
as Drunk Fan
Louis Fox
as Lloyd
Don Young
as Regular #1
Leon Lamar
as Regular #2
Julia Walters
as Young Mickey
Dane Davenport
as Waiter #1
Eric Mendenhall
as Waiter #2
Norma Alvarez
as Grace Sanchez
Tyler Silva
as Carlos Sanchez
Jay Galloway
as Rigo Sanchez
Jack Lorenz
as Boy in Diner
Rory Lorenz
as Girl in Diner
David Cohen
as Announcer #1
Rhubarb Jones
as Anouncer #2
Josh Warren
as Pitcher
Matt R. Brady
as Swannanoa
Bart Hansard
as Bo's Father
Ryan Patrick Williams
as Grizzly Player #1
Xavier Floyd
as Grizzly Player #32
Brian F. Durkin
as Matt Nelson
Sammy Blue
as Musician
Patricia French
as Diner Waitress
Jackie Prucha
as Secretary
Tom Nowicki
as Red Sox GM
Jason S. Gondek
as Red Sox Exec
Mark Thomason
as Braves Official
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Critic Reviews for Trouble with the Curve

All Critics (202) | Top Critics (47)

  • For all its occasional tin ear, Dr Phil dialogue, its contrivances and shortcuts, this remains a fundamentally sound and solid entertainment with a deep-rooted conviction that how we treat each other matters.

    May 12, 2014 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • The narrative feels almost intentionally hokey and diagrammatic, a framework that gives the actors freedom to display their best-known qualities.

    Dec 7, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A warm bit of American classicism with essential themes of humility and sportsmanship.

    Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's sentimental and glutinous, and the ending is almost surreal in its contrivance and unbelievability.

    Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Eastwood and Adams do the best they can with the cornball sentimentality and cheesy dialogue, but first-time director Robert Lorenz merely photographs the on- and off-field action. Give it a pass.

    Nov 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Lorenz ... lays in everything methodically, fully, but without much invention or energy; you can imagine each plot development ten minutes before it arrives.

    Oct 8, 2012

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Trouble with the Curve

  • Jan 30, 2014
    As the Atlanta Braves have the first pick in the upcoming draft, jobs are on the line if they get it wrong. One of them in particular belongs to Gus Lobel(Clint Eastwood), a longtime scout. His health problems, that extend beyond his trouble urinating to his poor eyesight which might in fact be glaucoma, could interfere with his ability to do his job properly. Worried about him, his semi-estranged daughter Mickey(Amy Adams), a lawyer on the partner track, takes time off from a very important case to help with her father on the road. Even with outcry, outrage and the rending of baseball jerseys from baseball statheads about not only how they are portrayed in film(in this case, Matthew Lillard but what can you do?), it should be noted over their objections that "The Trouble with the Curve" does get it right when it points out how one cannot rely on statistics alone to evaluate baseball players. And that's the only thing this otherwise cliched, predictable and illogical movie gets right. That also includes its dated views on career women, while the fact that women can love baseball is certainly nothing new. It is a shame because the movie wastes a fine cast that also includes John Goodman and Robert Patrick that Justin Timberlake surprisingly holds his own with. All of which serves as a reminder why Amy Adams badly deserves a movie of her very own.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2013
    Despite his politics, Eastwood is one of my all-time movie heroes. I'm able to separate the man from his art . . . that's not what I mean. I'm able to keep his politics separate from his art. This is a nearly perfect work of art. And kudos to Justin Timberlake.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2013
    Clint and Amy shine, but the film isn't a home run. I felt like I have seen this type of film before. It was predictable, especially the ending. The pacing was off. On a positive, Eastwood and Adams have a great on screen chemistry together. Goodman, Patrick, Lillard provide solid supporting work here. Timberlake seems miscast here. He has no chemistry with either Eastwood or Adams. Overall, I would say see it for Eastwood and Adams' performances.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2013
    Horribly predictable, but somehow still very good, mostly due to the fantastic chemistry between Eastwood, Adams, Goodman, and Timberlake. It's rare for a cast to seem this realistic. I'd mostly recommend this to baseball fans since it gets pretty technical at times, but that doesn't mean that anyone can't enjoy it.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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