Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 88
    This is DeLillo's first produced screenplay, but he has written for the stage, and perhaps his portrait of Steven Schwimmer (Robert Downey Jr.), the detested critic, is drawn from life.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    It's an inside-the-park home run -- a small, lovingly overwritten comic drama about fate, failure, and primal longing. To put it in words a Sox fan would understand, the movie hurts good.
  3. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    75
    A quirky little comedy about one day in the life of a New York playwright on the brink of either greatness or failure.
  4. 70
    A modest but agreeable, and often very funny, movie.
  5. Reviewed by: James C. Taylor
    70
    For viewers counting the minutes until opening day, Game 6 provides a quirky cinematic alternative to next week's "Benchwarmers."
  6. Keaton's so good you almost forget how wonderful Downey is as Steven Schwimmer.
  7. Small and intimate, Game 6 is a meditation on American theater and the Great American Pastime that hovers above the surface of reality but never quite takes off, either.
  8. The film is meandering and highly uneven, but Robert Downey Jr. is truly oddball as a venomous drama critic, and watching that ball once again roll through Bill Buckner's legs is torture (for Red Sox fans anyway).
  9. 67
    Hoffman makes impressive use of his low budget, thanks to a talented cast, an atmospheric soundtrack by Yo La Tengo, and the general feeling of confidence that a veteran director can bring to a project. But too much of Game 6 is designed to seem deeper than it really is.
  10. There are funny bits strewn throughout Game 6, and it's good to see Keaton in a meaty, nonshowy role for a change. He has the chops when he's not mugging.
  11. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    All this stuff is enacted by a better-than-reliable cast (Griffin Dunne, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine O'Hara, Roger Rees, and more), so Game 6 is never a bore. But it's not much more besides never a bore.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    60
    Despite a late-inning swoon of pat emotional generosity, Game Six is a gratifying playground of high-wire language.
  13. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    50
    It attempts to walk the fine line between despair and comedy, reality and imagination, and often succeeds. For audiences prepared to take the leap of faith and accept the unusual tone of the film, Game 6 should be a winner. Others may wonder what the fuss is about.
  14. 50
    The movie includes a recurring motif of immigrant taxi drivers - like them, the movie is constantly going around in circles.
  15. Game 6 is ultimately a curious dud.
  16. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    50
    A tale of one man's meltdown that ought to have an expiration date of Oct. 27, 2004, stamped on every frame.
  17. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    40
    Fails to make use of its clever dialogue and concepts as it attempts to become something more profound.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    Game 6, the first screenplay by one of America's great living novelists, Don DeLillo, is poorly served by Michael Hoffman's flat, soporific direction.
  19. 38
    Though Keaton is convincing as a smarmy narcissist who secretly thinks he deserves to fail because writing plays isn't REAL work, he's also thoroughly unlikable -- a problematic trait in a protagonist.
  20. DeLillo felt he needed a plot, and he invented one that is shockingly bad for a novelist of his accomplishment. It isn't the use of a plot that degrades the picture: it is the degrading plot itself--which isn't even a good cartoon of a too-busy plot.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. ChadShiira
    Oct 2, 2006
    8
    A book reviewer for a New York newspaper once described Don Delilo's "Cosmopolis" as being "a long day's journey into tedium." Nicky Rogan(Michael Keaton) spends a lot of time in taxis; the protagonist in Delilo's novel logs a lot of miles in a stretch limo. "Game 6" is a revenge film, perhaps against that particular eviscerating review. According to this book reviewer's entry in Wikipedia, the writer is a practicing Christian, but the fictionalized version(Robert Downey as Steven Schwimmer) in "Game 6" practices a religion that's more in accordance with his(her) ethnicity. Schwimmer, being a critic who happens to be Jewish, also brings to mind another tough cookie, of a different medium, who so happens works at the same publication this film references. So is "Game 6" any good? Pretty much so. The final act might be problematic for some. It all depends on your own life experiences. Nicky's actions will appear as irrational to people who never lived through the anguish of watching their childhood team lose in the most epic of settings. I'm a San Diego Padres fan. I wanted to kill Dennis Eckersley in 1996. Although "Game 6" feels like a filmed play at times(especially in the bar as game six unreels), the dialogue is so clever, to quibble over the film's staginess will make you sound like a victim of didacticism("A movie should, blah, blah, blah...). The dialogue transcends the cinematic limitations offered by this film's budget. There's not a bad performance to be found. Even a supermodel does sterling work. "Game 6" also has the added inside joke of Keaton starring in a film that shares the same name as Dellilo's National Book Award-winning novel. This is Keaton's real comeback film. Full Review »