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Up for Grabs Reviews

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May 12, 2014
Michael Wranovics' well-meant documentary about the absurd legal battle over the ownership of the baseball Barry Bonds hit for his season-record 73rd home run, back in 2001, is instantly overshadowed by subsequent events.
June 26, 2007
Even if you didn't follow the story then, Wranovics tells it so wryly your interest never flags -- and there's more suspense for newcomers, since the mystery and court verdict remain in doubt until the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2007
Up for Grabs isn't just about a ball. It's about America.
| Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2007
Up For Grabs, a buoyant documentary by Michael Wranovics, touches three bases of contemporary life: greed, litigiousness and a fixation with fame, however fleeting, that rises to the level of dementia.
April 23, 2007
Their greed provides an excellent opportunity to examine the law and a bizarre media circus.
April 23, 2007
It's a terrific story -- part mystery, part farce, part legal nail-biter -- with a last-minute reversal so bitterly ironic it could have been scripted by Billy Wilder.
May 26, 2006
A crackerjack documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 4, 2006
This well-made documentary takes a seemingly small subject and uses it to illuminate the widening tears in the fabric of American society.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 9, 2006
And Justice for Ball
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 13, 2006
inadvertently reveals more about the modern game than Ken Burns could in a nine part mini-series (and infinitely more entertaining)
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 24, 2005
A wry social commentary about contemporary life for those caught up in celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 24, 2005
you can't help but get sucked into this powerful story
| Original Score: 4/5
December 1, 2005
Wranovics tells his parable with a great sense of wit and a bit of bemusement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2005
In the annals of baseball history, their battle will remain a curious little footnote, but sometimes footnotes are more compelling than the main text.
August 13, 2005
Wranovics reveals the absurdity of it all without being preachy; he even makes it hard to decide who the bigger weasel is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2005
This smartly assembled comedy articulates irritation with and bewilderment at its subject: the legal battle for possession of a baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2005
It's an engaging story about how overwhelming greed can turn a silk purse into a sow's ear.
July 29, 2005
The film keeps a straight face, letting the story's hilarious triviality speak for itself, and neither of the litigants comes off that well, though Wranovics cleverly changes our opinions of both as the complicated tale goes on.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 29, 2005
A wry and humorous documentary with fascinating (if not entirely likable) characters and a subtle moral about what happens when money makes grown-ups act like children.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 15, 2005
A subversive little documentary about the intersection of greed and America's national pastime.
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