Field of Dreams

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  • Summary: "If you build it, he will come." With thes words, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Costner) is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife Annie (Madigan), Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams can"If you build it, he will come." With thes words, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Costner) is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife Annie (Madigan), Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams can come true. Along the way he meets reclusive activist Terence Mann (Jones), the mysterious "Doc" Graham (Lancaster), and even the legendary "Shoeless Joe" Jackson (Liotta). (Universal) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 100
    This is the kind of movie Frank Capra might have directed, and James Stewart might have starred in - a movie about dreams.
  2. A work so smartly written, so beautifully filmed, so perfectly acted, that it does the almost impossible trick of turning sentimentality into true emotion.
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    As shrewd and accomplished as the movie is, there's still something uncomfortably manipulative about it... It doesn't explore its primal theme as much as it exploits it, tapping into the automatic, nearly universal power of guilt and regret. [21 Apr 1989, Friday, p.A]
  4. Ultimately, the film relies too heavily on consensual acceptance of baseball iconography as some kind of symbolic shorthand for all kinds of American values. These days, most of us prefer the NBA.
  5. 50
    In spite of a script hobbled with cloying aphorisms and shameless sentimentality, Field of Dreams sustains a dreamy mood in which the idea of baseball is distilled to its purest essence.
  6. The movie may steal a base here and there, but there are no homers.
  7. 12
    To be honest, I started hearing things, too. Just when Jones was delivering an inexcusably sappy speech about baseball being "a symbol of all that was once good in America," I heard the words "If he keeps talking, I'm walking."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. ReidF.
    Feb 2, 2007
    10
    One of the most beautiful films ever made, I find this movie to be a litmus test. Those who don't like it (and there are many) are One of the most beautiful films ever made, I find this movie to be a litmus test. Those who don't like it (and there are many) are generally people with little or no imagination. Overall, there are so many touching and superb aspects and scenes in this movie that it requires multiple viewings. It is a great film about the fragile relationship between father and son. Expand
  2. Nov 29, 2015
    10
    Is there life after death? Many have pondered and this movie is one answer. These ballplayers just want to play one more game. And thisIs there life after death? Many have pondered and this movie is one answer. These ballplayers just want to play one more game. And this field is where that dream comes true. A lot goes on in making this happen and in keeping it going. As of my review, the field is still there. I don't have a lot of DVDs but this is in my collection. Expand
  3. WesW.
    Dec 28, 2006
    10
    Great movie about the relationship, or lack of same, between a son & a father. I won't spoil the ending. A movie for all ages.
  4. Nov 28, 2012
    9
    With "Field of Dreams", Phil Alden Robinson creates one of the most heartwarming sports movies I've ever seen. Though it isn't really a sportsWith "Field of Dreams", Phil Alden Robinson creates one of the most heartwarming sports movies I've ever seen. Though it isn't really a sports movie at heart, in my opinion. This movie is mostly about getting an oppurtunity to fulfill one's deepest wishes. Throw in some really heartfelt messages on father/son relationships and you have me sold. Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, and Ray Liotta are all incredible in their respective roles, but James Earl Jones steals almost every scene he's in in this movie. The guy gives a fantastic speech towards the end of this movie that made me smile ear to ear. In the end, "Field of Dreams" is a really and truly powerful sports drama. It features a wealth of well developed and executed themes and a heap of great performances. Awesome movie. Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2015
    9
    Field of Dreams is one of best sports films of all time. The plot of this film is pretty good to begin with but its executed so well. ThinkingField of Dreams is one of best sports films of all time. The plot of this film is pretty good to begin with but its executed so well. Thinking too hard about this movie may ruin your enjoyment but when this film is on cable I just like to sit back and enjoy it. This film is so heartwarming it is impossible to finish it without having a smile on your face. Field of Dreams is nothing more than a beautiful film about the beauty of baseball with some great performances from Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones. Expand
  6. Oct 31, 2010
    8
    not the best family movie, but it has great entertainment and it teaches us about bringing back the past.

    Rating: 88%
  7. Jan 17, 2012
    1
    This movie horrified me. Managing to be bathetic and trite while simultaneously being outlandish and grandiose, the movie fell from whateverThis movie horrified me. Managing to be bathetic and trite while simultaneously being outlandish and grandiose, the movie fell from whatever place it had occupied on the shelf, to a despairing Gehenna at my deepest loathing. The acting was full of overextended, sloppy gesticulations and Wagnerian squawking, ineffectual delivery and spastic presence. The writing was sufferable at best. Truly a disappointment. Expand

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