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  • Summary: Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story portrays the contributions of Jewish major leaguers and the special meaning that baseball has had in the lives of American Jews. More than a film about sports, this is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on ofJews and Baseball: An American Love Story portrays the contributions of Jewish major leaguers and the special meaning that baseball has had in the lives of American Jews. More than a film about sports, this is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes.(7th Art Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 19, 2010
    70
    A warm and enthusiastic documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schagaer
    Nov 2, 2010
    60
    Nevertheless, if not as stirring as the similar "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," it remains a reasonably comprehensive tribute to athletics as the great melting pot.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 2, 2010
    60
    Charting the presence of prominent Jewish major leaguers in every decade, their relationship to the world of big-time ball and the careers of such greats as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, helmer Peter Miller's historical docu strikes out a stadium-load of assumptions.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 3, 2010
    60
    Despite the film's odd assembly of talking heads (Koufax, sure, but Ron Howard?) and narrow scope that rarely addresses how a first-generation community sought a new-world identity via knuckleballs, Miller's survey is a breezy compendium of fun facts and colorful figures.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Keizer
    Nov 10, 2010
    50
    The problem is that once you get past the barriers that Jewish players dramatically overcame between the early 20th century and post World War II, the rest is precipitously less interesting.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    This contains enough candid interview footage with legendary athletes to be occasionally informative.
  7. Reviewed by: Paul Brunick
    Nov 4, 2010
    40
    Were it not for a masterly production coup - an extensive interview with the camera-shy Mr. Koufax - this slight and unambitious work would be wholly indistinguishable from basic-cable filler.