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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
Score distribution:
  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

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