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Trouble with the Curve Reviews

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Tom Charity
CNN.com
May 12, 2014
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.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 27, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 8, 2012
Lorenz ... lays in everything methodically, fully, but without much invention or energy; you can imagine each plot development ten minutes before it arrives.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 28, 2012
Eastwood, in his 80s, looks a lot trimmer than some of the performers in this film half his age. He may be the only octogenarian actor who has to play older than his age to be convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 23, 2012
Nobody would pay much attention to this plodding but good-hearted film if not for its star, Clint Eastwood, although he's just dialing in the go-to Cantankerous Old Man mode on which he has relied for a decade or so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 22, 2012
This isn't the worst performance Eastwood has given in his 57-year career, but it's his least inspired in about a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 22, 2012
Trouble With the Curve" is a solid double down the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 21, 2012
[There] are powerful scenes, not because of what we've invested in this pleasant film, but what we've invested in Eastwood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 21, 2012
If you give it a chance to work its quiet magic, it might make your day.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 21, 2012
Robert Lorenz, Eastwood's longtime assistant director, moves up to the lead spot but can't do anything with Randy Brown's ham-fisted script.
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September 21, 2012
Even if Eastwood's grumpy old man routine wears you down - it's perhaps too much of a not-very-good thing - there are lots of terrific second bananas.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 21, 2012
Trouble with the Curve is one of those easy-going old-time movies that they say studios don't make anymore. They still do on occasion, but you need a guy like Clint Eastwood to pull them off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 21, 2012
One of those schematic by-the-number jobs that telegraphs its every pitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 21, 2012
"Trouble With the Curve" as predictable and suspenseless as a children's film. It's a softball straight down the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 21, 2012
Steeerike!
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 21, 2012
At times, "Trouble With the Curve" is just as smart as "Moneyball," which it all but challenges to a fight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 21, 2012
What promised to be a modest, refreshingly unforced little comedy turns out to be low energy to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 20, 2012
Its title notwithstanding, there's nothing that remotely approaches a narrative curve ball in this tired saga of an aging baseball scout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 20, 2012
Muttering in a hoarse whisper, stooping just a bit, [Eastwood] finds an angry grace and pathos more satisfying than anything else in this grooved fastball of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 20, 2012
The good news is that this daddy/daughter reconciliation story connects with the ball. The not-so-good: It's a blooper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 20, 2012
You can see every single twist and turn of the plot coming at you from 10 miles away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 20, 2012
This amiable, old-fashioned film is no world-beater, but it underlines why, appearances with empty chairs excepted, it is always a pleasure to see this man on the screen.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 20, 2012
The pat and occasionally preposterous story is really just a pretext, a serviceable scaffolding for a handful of expert, satisfying performances.
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September 20, 2012
Trouble with the Curve enthusiastically showcases the sparkling Adams while making its case - tersely, of course - for tradition, experience and intuition.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 20, 2012
I'd call it "Neanderthalball."
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 20, 2012
In one of the film's weirder moments, Lorenz uses a shot from "Dirty Harry" for a flashback sequence, and it's almost more resonant than this small, flat-footed film can hold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 20, 2012
Eastwood, well, is Eastwood. In filmmaking, at least, he's sure of what he's doing. As a director, he remains challenging; merely acting in "Curve," he knows what the crowd wants, from threats to punks to soliloquies muttered through clenched teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 20, 2012
"Trouble With the Curve" is an absolute home run, the total package of charming romantic comedy, poignant family drama and superb acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 20, 2012
The plot couldn't be more cornball. Still, there's no denying the connection Eastwood makes with Adams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 20, 2012
Everything about "Trouble With the Curve" is as streamlined and hollow as a Wiffle Ball bat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 20, 2012
It's the first time Eastwood has acted since "Gran Torino" in 2008, and it's nice to be reminded that there is a reason he has been a movie star all these years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 20, 2012
Even those who don't know a foul tip from a chicken wing will be able to spot the desperate plays.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 20, 2012
If the modest and moving Trouble With the Curve won't overwhelm anybody, it's still an engaging winner, like a junk-ball pitcher who stays in the bigs on grit and heart.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2012
"Trouble" is second-rate Eastwood, existing in a parallel universe where the celebrity has been reduced to a Hallmark movie-of-the-week actor, not one of the most respected directors in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 20, 2012
Adams and Eastwood find real drama in material that, like its star, is creaky but sturdy, turning it into a study of lost opportunities and parental regret.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 20, 2012
Any Eastwood film is notable above all for its professionalism. If the story here has certain foreseeable moments, that's not to say they aren't set up well and deliver right on time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 20, 2012
Of course the movie is sentimental. A fairy tale? Yes, it's that too. Satisfying? Yep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
September 19, 2012
"Trouble with the Curve" may not be the Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, but it's a fine afternoon or evening at the ballpark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 19, 2012
Half domestic family drama, half gentle sports saga with the saga part missing, Trouble with the Curve is less riveting than it ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 18, 2012
Conscientiously pulls out conflicts and then dutifully tucks in those loose ends, never making a point in any way that might puzzle the slowest audience member.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 18, 2012
Fortunately, first-time director and frequent Eastwood producer Robert Lorenz seems less interested in the story's overall mawkishness than in relishing the stellar cast he's assembled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
September 18, 2012
The Eastwood/Adams interplay is absolutely great, laugh-out-loud funny a lot of the time and quietly moving when it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 17, 2012
Robert Lorenz's square but sturdy directing debut rests on the wonderfully spiky chemistry between Eastwood and Amy Adams as a testy old scout and his equally strong-willed daughter.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 17, 2012
The old pro scores with another hit right up the middle.