Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
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  1. The game is cool to watch, and the love story is assertive enough to hook even the stodgiest ESPN man.
  2. This sentimental drama is wildly uneven as it switches between ballpark scenes, which are very involving, and romantic episodes, which are badly overplayed.
  3. 50
    The film's larger, surprisingly mature emotional rhythms are strong enough to pull it through.
  4. Costner's determination to avoid change keeps this baseball movie at a low line drive when it might have knocked one into the bleachers.
  5. 50
    The weighty themes of loss, regret and abdication of personal responsibility are undermined by the reverential use of baseball as a symbol of mankind's potential for selfless greatness.
  6. 50
    The real love affair in For Love of the Game is between Costner and himself.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Costner is as uneven as the storytelling itself, stone cold at moments, shimmeringly real in others.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Tested my own love of the game more than anything since the time Roseanne screeched the national anthem.
  9. Much of this movie seems a crock.
  10. Reviewed by: Edvins Beitiks
    50
    A piece of baseball fluff...Costner cinema, pure and simple.
  11. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    40
    Costner's serious-as-a-heart-attack performance...slowly kills the movie's energy in a gooey morass of forced sincerity.
  12. 40
    Plays like an unholy union of "The Natural" and "The Prince of Tides." Too bad...Build a movie as a shrine to baseball and they will come. Suckers!
  13. Reviewed by: Moira Macdonald
    40
    Call it baseball interruptus, or just call it a missed opportunity.
  14. Sometimes even a talented lineup produces unexceptional results.
  15. Watching Raimi's visual style and narrative verve flatten out into this pale reiteration of a middle-aged-male weepie is an exercise in modern horror.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    6
    On the surface, this movie is a cheesy romance flick, but what makes it unique is it's backdrop. An aging pitcher, at the end of his career,On the surface, this movie is a cheesy romance flick, but what makes it unique is it's backdrop. An aging pitcher, at the end of his career, looks back on how it all started, while in the middle of pitching what could be his final game. Along with the flashbacks of his baseball memories, come flashbacks of his romance, which are long and lame. The baseball part of it is what attracted me and is great. If this was strictly a sports movie, it would be 5 stars. The story of his career is much stronger than several other films dedicated to just the game. With this film you have to take the good with the bad. At times it seems like two entirely different movies and it really takes away from what is otherwise a great film. Full Review »
  2. May 24, 2012
    4
    Sam Raimi n'aurait pas dû quitter l'horreur et le fantastique pour se lancer dans un film romantique. Parce que là,Sam Raimi n'aurait pas dû quitter l'horreur et le fantastique pour se lancer dans un film romantique. Parce que là, le réalisateur se retrouve sans imagination. En effet, il nous livre un film du genre, tout ce qu'il y a de plus banal, avec surdose de bons sentiments et de musiques appuyées. Bon, ce n'est quand même pas désagréable à regarder, d'autant plus que les acteurs ne s'en sortent pas trop mal et que les passages de base-ball se montrent plutôt intéressants. Mais bon Dieu que c'est mou du genou! Et il n'y a rien qui empêche d'ennuyer le spectateur : histoire d'amour sans intérêt, dialogues qui semblent bâclés, montage en flashes-back dispensable... Sans compter une VF des plus loupées, les doubleurs se faisant rarement comprendre ni même entendre (cela marmonne trop!). Pour l'amour du jeu n'est qu'une pure guimauve hollywoodienne comme il en existe déjà tant. Et comme les autres, il vaut mieux l'oublier rapidement. Full Review »