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  • Summary: Reeves portrays Conor O'Neill -- an underachiever who is both inspired and redeemed by the unlikeliest group of people he could ever have imagined. In order to pay off a gambling debt, O'Neill is thrust into molding underprivileged kids into a cohesive unit in one of the toughest parts of Chicago. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. A surefire heart-tugger made with skill and judgment, affords Keanu Reeves a career high point.
  2. Surprisingly brusque yet likable film.
  3. 70
    It may follow a formula, but sometimes formula equals comforting routine. And there are times, in the movies and elsewhere, when routine is exactly what you need.
  4. 50
    The filmmakers realize that playing baseball isn't nearly enough to fix what's wrong in these kids' lives, which might have made a more provocative ending than what follows.
  5. 50
    Remains watchable when it's not hitting you like a baseball bat with poignancy. But by the time you've endured all of the shamelessly manipulative plot turns and heart-yanking speeches that close out the movie, all you can do is cry foul.
  6. 40
    Until its dismaying final 15 minutes, this baseball redemption movie sails along on the charms of cute kids and a star who makes up in bone structure what he lacks in talent.
  7. 10
    The film takes a true story and drags it through a swamp of hyped-up Hollywood cliches.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. DestineeB.
    Mar 18, 2007
    This movie is fun to watch...everyday i get home i watch it ....i love g-baby in this movie he is so little but he can be hard at times...and this movie made me cry in a lot of parts...and i think that there should be a hardball 2 with the same characters.....i just lo e this movie a lot. Expand
  2. ChadR.
    May 22, 2007
    Hardball is a very important movie to my life. i was amazed when i watched it. its the best movie ever made. I've learned a lot about myself cuz of this movie. and that part where he is talking about G-Babys loss. i don't no who could of done better then him. .. that was the only movie i ever cried in and still do when i watch it. Expand

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