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Up for Grabs Reviews

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Bill Gallo
New Times
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 1, 2007
Up for Grabs isn't just about a ball. It's about America.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
Leonard Klady
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 23, 2007
Their greed provides an excellent opportunity to examine the law and a bizarre media circus.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
A crackerjack documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
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+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 24, 2005
A wry social commentary about contemporary life for those caught up in celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christopher Null
December 24, 2005
you can't help but get sucked into this powerful story
| Original Score: 4/5
David Cornelius
December 1, 2005
Wranovics tells his parable with a great sense of wit and a bit of bemusement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
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.
Nina MacLaughlin
Boston Phoenix
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
Edith Alderette
San Francisco Examiner
July 29, 2005
It's an engaging story about how overwhelming greed can turn a silk purse into a sow's ear.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 15, 2005
A subversive little documentary about the intersection of greed and America's national pastime.
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