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  • Summary: In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competitionIn a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "Million Dollar Arm." With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin) he discovers Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma), two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India - the boys, who have never left their rural villages - are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family. [Walt Disney Pictures] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    May 19, 2014
    83
    It's a different kind of Disney sports movie, more textured, gently spiritual and warmly idiosyncratic, but one that still, before the credits roll, will make you want to stand up and cheer.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 15, 2014
    75
    As predictable as a 3-and-0 pitch down the middle, but when it’s baseball season, who wants dark clouds?
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    May 16, 2014
    70
    Million Dollar Arm is cute, cloying, simplistic, borderline offensive … and thoroughly effective.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 14, 2014
    60
    It's all very pleasant, very inspiring, just not very surprising.
  5. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    May 16, 2014
    50
    This supposedly uplifting true-life baseball tale never quite strikes the necessary emotional sweet spots that these types of inspirational sports movies shamelessly if effectively milk, despite a pitch with great potential.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 15, 2014
    50
    Million Dollar Arm is not just a Disney film, but a Disney film that could have been made, with minor elisions and different character names, in 1963.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    May 14, 2014
    40
    The only splash of cold water comes from Lake Bell as J.B.’s bohemian tenant, who pops his bubble of self-importance (and the film’s) whenever she gets the opportunity... her chemistry with Hamm, who gives his slickster all the dimension he can, offers a nice relief from the broad culture comedy and sentimental button-pushing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. May 31, 2014
    10
    Outstanding, touching, and hilarious film. It is well written and keeps the viewer entertained the whole time. However, don't bring young kidsOutstanding, touching, and hilarious film. It is well written and keeps the viewer entertained the whole time. However, don't bring young kids to the film. It uses some strong adult language. I recommend all Tweens and above see this movie. It is insanely amazing! One of the best movies I have ever seen! Expand
  2. May 19, 2014
    9
    Don’t get me wrong, Million Dollar Arm is not an academy award winner in any sense of motion pictures. Saying that explains in my mind why theDon’t get me wrong, Million Dollar Arm is not an academy award winner in any sense of motion pictures. Saying that explains in my mind why the critics for the most part have been lukewarm about the movie. However, what this movie is, is a positive movie. It demonstrates to the viewer the psychology of thinking about yourself first verses thinking about the welfare of the people around you. This is not a religious movie, but it does have a kind of spiritual under-current to it.Because the “spiritual” side of this philosophy should be endorsed by religions, I would think more people would want to see this movie.
    Bottom line, besides being entertaining, the movie gives a positive message for our society to ponder—unlike other movies that are liked by the critics.
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  3. May 16, 2014
    9
    The Hollywood's exploration of India based subjects is continuing. I have been enjoying those. Something quite refreshing which traveling on aThe Hollywood's exploration of India based subjects is continuing. I have been enjoying those. Something quite refreshing which traveling on a new perspective to entertain the world audience. Especially, this movie was not a bigger one like 'Slumdog Millionaire' or 'Life of Pi', but cute emotional family drama like 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.

    It was a biopic-sport-drama about an American sports agent, J. B. Bernstein, who brought two young fastest arm Indians to the States to train as the professional baseball pitchers. Before that, he conducts a reality show called 'Million Dollar Arm' in various Indian locations to find the perfect one. In the end he gets two and takes back them to the country. What follows is the cultural collision where these two finds hard to fit in and perform. With many inspiring lines and tears in our eyes it comes to the conclusion.

    It was a nice story and inspiring. This movie teaches many things like about family values, sharing culture, hard work for a better future, having faith, true love and all the above the most deserved second chance. It was a predictable story. The minor problem with the movie was it won't explain thoroughly some of the contents it portrays. It is due to cultural different some will have a hard time to figure it out the meaning of it. But for South Asians and Indo-American it will be a perfect movie.

    The movie had more than sufficient humorous scenes and many of them were in an Indian accent. I had a great time laughing for those comedies. Those comedies are because of the difference pronunciation of the same word between the people of two countries. The character Amit is the center of the attract when it comes to the humour. In the other end, especially in the second half the story drags most of its parts towards the sentiments. I can't say it was unnecessary, but truly was impeccable and touching.

    ‘‘They need to know
    that you care them’’

    I never knew this director. After checking out his filmography, yeah, I have watched many and liked a couple of his movies, especially 'Lars and the Real Girl'. He did a great job, especially shooting in Indian summer is not an easy task. He himself told in Q&A meet about his struggles. All the actors well cooped. John Hamm's one of the best performances. No doubt he was remarkable.

    The boys from 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Life of Pi' are the two Indian characters. Suraj Sharma as Rinku and Madhur Mittal as Dinesh did justice to the respective roles, though they were not similar kind of face to the real ones like usually filmmakers choose for a biopic. They were really good, did key performances alongside John Hamm's JB character. Lake Bell was a surprised attraction of the movie. I found her kind of cute in some of the scenes than never before. And other major attractions were Alan Akin with his usual incredible show in the small span, and a few others, especially that Indian character called Amit.

    Even before it was released many had criticised it by saying a TV movie and so 90s. But I had faith in it and watched and it never disappointed me. I have already said in my many reviews that I love tearjerker movies, so it was my perfect one. Some mighty one's are releasing on the same week this movie hitting the screen. I believe this is the only one pure family drama that one could ask for an alternate. In fact best by so far in this summer, according to the family friendly films. I highly recommend it, but all you need is to have a low expectation.
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  4. Sep 24, 2014
    7
    Whilst Million Dollar Arm does play it a little too safe and does often venture into generic sports genre territory, these aspects areWhilst Million Dollar Arm does play it a little too safe and does often venture into generic sports genre territory, these aspects are overshadowed by the consistently heartwarming story, and some encouraging performances form its leads. Expand
  5. May 18, 2014
    6
    Disney provides the latest feel-good sports movie genre offering with Million Dollar Arm, which hits the genre-specific marks and offersDisney provides the latest feel-good sports movie genre offering with Million Dollar Arm, which hits the genre-specific marks and offers uniqueness of detail perfectly well, but finds itself undermined by a redemption-seeking character who isn’t worth saving. Expand
  6. May 21, 2014
    6
    Nice unsexy story of overcoming all odds. The cast are all likeable but this by the number movie is OK but nothing more. I love sports andNice unsexy story of overcoming all odds. The cast are all likeable but this by the number movie is OK but nothing more. I love sports and especially baseball so rooting for the underdog is very appealing. A nice way to pass the time on a rainy day but nothing more. Just okay. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2014
    4
    I agree with aguywhoreviews, It's another typical sports film that is incredibly predictable. You could call the entire plot from start toI agree with aguywhoreviews, It's another typical sports film that is incredibly predictable. You could call the entire plot from start to finish within the first 20 minutes of the film and that sort of ruins the movie. The acting is so-so, None of the cast are given a chance to shine and Hamm proved to be a rather...disappointing and lackluster lead. Overall, If you can stomach generic sports films then sure give it a chance. If you are tired of the same old, same old then you are better off avoiding this one. Expand

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