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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  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: Peter Travers
    May 15, 2014
    63
    Hamm is first-rate, his nuanced portrayal lifting the movie to the winner's circle.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    May 17, 2014
    50
    The result is sappy, saccharine, and predictable to the point where it's almost painful.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 15, 2014
    50
    How could a little story like this get stretched to 124 minutes? It's at least 30 minutes too long.
  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: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  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 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 16, 2014
    9
    Don't listen to the critics on this one. This film is thoroughly enjoyable. I have to say that the previews didn't appeal to me very much even though I love movies about baseball. There is very little baseball in the film. It's a story about how greed over relationships can affect happiness. The acting is great, the true story is great and it's shot well. There is really nothing not to like unless you hate anything sentimental. My husband and I both loved it even though he's more into action and I'm more into art films. Expand
  3. May 17, 2014
    9
    very nice movie...good sports, fish out of water, romantic comedy and well shot, good music, good scenary. it is in the style of best exotic marigold hotel. Pretty funny at times. main complaint from anyone would be it is predictable and you likley have seen similar type movies before. But if you love the fomula, this formula is great. Expand
  4. May 26, 2014
    7
    Million Dollar Arm was funny and very heartwarming. Jon Hamm and the others like Suraj Sharma were great. This story about three friends who live in India who win a show to become the greatest baseball players. Well excecuted but with pacing flaws. This is a new type of Disney movies. It was great but only a one time watch. 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 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 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. May 24, 2014
    4
    It's another cliched sports movie. Nothing really stands out to me in this movie. It's extremely predictable and for a feel good movie, it makes you feel bored. Its a movie you can rent a redbox to watch with your family if there is nothing else. Hard to recommend. Expand

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