Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
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  1. 88
    The movie has been directed by the Farrelly brothers...Here, they're sensitive and warm-hearted, never push too hard, empathize with the characters, allow Lindsey and Ben to become people we care about.
  2. 75
    A curious mix of smarts and schmaltz.
  3. 50
    The movie is so soggy and anonymous, I had to remind myself that the Farrelly brothers, Peter and Bobby, directed it. It's sad to watch the kingpins of gross-out try to dial down to cute. Swung at and missed.
  4. 50
    Rarely have filmmakers had a more wildly improbable happy ending forced on them. Well, you need all the help you can get, divine or otherwise, when your two stars - Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon - have no chemistry whatsoever.
  5. It's been a while since a movie made the game of love this winning.
  6. A romantic comedy that flirts with something serious but never gets past the flirting stage.
  7. 60
    If you're rooting for Barrymore and Fallon, then why not their team? In the movies, there are enough happy endings for everyone.
  8. For all its various failures, Fever Pitch taps expertly into our nostalgia for an era when baseball really was the American pastime, unsullied by money, drugs or celebrity.
  9. 75
    Effortlessly entertaining romantic comedy.
  10. Fever Pitch works. At times, it works brilliantly.
  11. 20
    Ultimately, it's a bore. Don't see the movie – read the book, play the game.
  12. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    I prefer the Farrellys when they're disreputable and push the boundaries of taste, because they're otherwise a tad sentimental.
  13. 50
    Fever Pitch is surprisingly devoid of jokes, or romance, or any of the other basic elements you'd expect to find in a romantic comedy. The only thing the Farrellys get right is the obsession.
  14. It's almost too dull to pan.
  15. 60
    Barrymore has rarely been so bright and effortlessly charming, but it's all lost on Fallon, who often resembles one of those unfortunate SNL guests who freeze up on live TV, completely out of their element. If Fallon wants a life after SNL, he might want to try another medium.
  16. Still, despite the visual clumsiness and the production's tattered seams, I found myself rooting for this movie anyway, partly because Lindsey and Ben make a nice fit, as do the actors playing them, partly because the Farrellys bring so much heart to their movies, and partly because Ms. Barrymore inspires more goodwill than any other young actress I can think of working today in American movies.
  17. 50
    Fever Pitch lacks that Farrelly spark, that warm, crazy glint.
  18. To call this "Farrelly brothers lite" may be a little redundant, but aside from the odd vomit gag, it goes relatively easy on their usual working-class taboo busting.
  19. The picture's consistently entertaining and, though it has few brilliant comic peaks, it never plunges into boring valleys.
  20. 50
    If anything, Fever Pitch will give Bosox fans one more chance to relive, in big-screen glory, those fleeting, flavorsome days.
  21. As a motion picture, Fever Pitch is merely competent.
  22. 67
    This is Hollywood Hornby: not terrible, but not worth crossing a busy street for, and nowhere near as memorable as what the Sox did last year.
  23. Relationship comedy like this is mother's milk to Drew Barrymore, who, as usual, is adorable and perfect.
  24. 50
    But the ickiest thing about Fever Pitch is its reverential Field of Dreams music.
  25. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    By contrast, other Hornby screen adaptations are "About a Boy" and "High Fidelity"- superb comedies both and, in Fidelity's case, a treatise on male obsession with far more depth and even more laughs.
  26. 40
    Unfunny, charmless and hopelessly ordinary.
  27. Baseball, Boston and Drew Barrymore. Certainly sounds like a winning combination.
  28. 60
    Has a slapdash feeling to it.
  29. Ultimately goes the distance, it gets the job done with a halfhearted bunt rather than a solid line drive.
  30. Sweet and often hilarious.
  31. 40
    Honestly, this movie would've worked a lot better had the Red Sox not won the World Series.
  32. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    One-dimensional fluff piece.
  33. Sails by on cute dialogue, some funny visual gags, and two enormously likable leads.
  34. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The Farrelly brothers are growing up, which in this case isn't a bad thing. With a tacked-on ending made necessary by the Boston Red Sox's improbable World Series run last fall, Fever Pitch proves a charming romantic comedy against "A Beautiful Mind"-type framework.
  35. The gall of Peter and Bobby Farrelly. To think that a romantic comedy might work absent a sleazy wager or maddening miscommunication takes a lot of chutzpah.
  36. Reviewed by: Miles Fielder
    Not a Farrelly brothers classic, and (some testicle-washing aside) not much in the way of their trademark gross-out humour, but the boys from Boston do an admirable job of transferring Hornby's story into the States and onto the baseball diamond.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. Jun 6, 2013
    This is a very fun movie. It's more of a entertaining movie than a crappy romantic comedy. Jimmy Fallon is Jimmy Fallon, so that's good, andThis is a very fun movie. It's more of a entertaining movie than a crappy romantic comedy. Jimmy Fallon is Jimmy Fallon, so that's good, and Drew Barrymore probably gives her better performances. Full Review »
  2. SeanK.
    Mar 3, 2008
    The movie was scripted; I could easily guess the outcome at the end of the movie, and what will happen in the next scene before it even The movie was scripted; I could easily guess the outcome at the end of the movie, and what will happen in the next scene before it even started. The fact I could guess what could happen next I felt like there was no reason to watch the movie. I also thought that Jimmy Fallon Full Review »
  3. Katherine
    Jul 23, 2006
    I really liked this movie. It was very funny. I am a Drew Barrymore and a Jimmy Fallon fan.