Hard Ball

Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. It is only when Reeves meets up with his incredibly cute baseball team that this movie comes to life.
  2. 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.
  3. Hardball works where it counts, on the emotional level.
  4. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Ultimately, the kids carry this manipulative tear-jerker. They're warm, lively charmers.
  5. 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.
  6. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    40
    The actors playing the team members have stereotypical roles, but these kids have got game.
  7. 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.
  8. When the boys are tossing balls around and bopping in time to Notorious B.I.G., they -- and the film -- are right-on.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    There's no cork inside Hardball, but there's more than enough corn. Everything about the movie is geared for maximum uplifting and tear-jerking effect, and seems designed, in the end, to question the old saw that there's no crying in baseball.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. May 1, 2016
    10
    Incredible touching story and amazing cast. I laughed and cried. I'm very impressed with Keanu Reeves character, confused and lost inIncredible touching story and amazing cast. I laughed and cried. I'm very impressed with Keanu Reeves character, confused and lost in gambling and drinking. But we are all know he is lovely guy deep inside. Kids are just fantastic, considering they were playing for the first time in their lives Wonderful and very overrated movie Full Review »
  2. ChadR.
    May 22, 2007
    10
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. DestineeB.
    Mar 18, 2007
    10
    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 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. Full Review »