User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 51
  2. Negative: 2 out of 51
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  1. [Anonymous]
    May 3, 2004
    9
    An excellent sports film. Costner, Robbins and Sarandon are great!
  2. PatC.
    Jan 12, 2004
    6
    Clever little humdinger which is more enjoyable the less seriously one takes it. Remember, this is the minor leagues, so they should be easier to relate to. And though it has been recently stated by austute authorities on the subject, it is again worth pointing out that Sarandon and Robbins have no chemistry whatsoever.
  3. liberalhater
    Apr 21, 2003
    0
    Sarandon and Robbins have no chemistry whatsoever.
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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Though his film is like no other baseball movie, it may remind you of Paul Newman's hockey comedy Slap Shot: a knowing look at sport's underbelly - punctuated by jelly-belly laughs. [15 June 1988]
  2. It's just that when a movie is this close, with so much of the sports flavor (co-producer Thom Mount is co-owner of the real Durham Bulls), you like to see it perfect. [15 June 1988]
  3. The movie evokes Howard Hawks (in spirit if not to the letter) with its tight focus on a snug, obsessive world of insiders and camp followers where the exchanges between buddies and sexes have a euphoric stylishness and a giddy sense of ritual.