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
Watch On
  1. As shallow and manipulative a movie as any that come to mind.
  2. The movie is so littered with clichés of genre, as well as clichés of artifice in Reeves' pained performance, that any semblance of social reality goes foul.
  3. 10
    The film takes a true story and drags it through a swamp of hyped-up Hollywood cliches.
  4. Wants to be an offbeat, hard-edged, inspirational sports movie, but it misses its target by a country mile.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    30
    Along the way, director Brian Robbins indulges Reeves in too many laughable inspirational speeches. He also wastes the terrific Diane Lane in the thankless role of the kids' dedicated teacher.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »