Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 22, 2011
    100
    Like a cold beer under a bluebird sky; like a flawless line drive on a warm summer's day; like a long, languorous seventh-inning stretch - Moneyball satisfies.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Sep 22, 2011
    100
    Never before, though, have statistics added up to such electrifying entertainment. After the mostly minor-league productions of recent months, this movie, which was directed by Bennett Miller, renews your belief in the power of movies.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 22, 2011
    100
    It's hard to imagine anyone but Mr. Pitt in the role. He's relaxed yet edgy and sometimes unsettling.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 22, 2011
    100
    Funny, furious, and full of front-office drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 22, 2011
    100
    Moneyball is the perfect sports movie for these cash-strapped times of efficiency maximization.
  6. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Sep 22, 2011
    100
    The real protagonist of Moneyball, however, is Beane himself, played with great charisma by Brad Pitt. (With this movie and "The Tree of Life" competing against each other, Pitt could wind up cheating himself out of an Oscar this year.)
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 22, 2011
    100
    The movie is an absolute triumph of culturally relevant filmmaking – a film that will thrill and fascinate sport junkies and non-fans alike. If you like baseball, you will love this movie. If you hate baseball, you will still love this movie.
  8. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 21, 2011
    100
    A smart, intense and moving film that isn't so much about sports as about the war between intuition and statistics. I walked in knowing what the movie was about, but unprepared for its intelligence and depth.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 9, 2011
    100
    While a hopelessly awkward-looking Hill provides fish-out-of-water laughs, Pitt gives a genuinely soul-searching performance.
  10. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Sep 21, 2011
    91
    The supersmart and rousing Moneyball, which may be the best baseball movie since "Bull Durham," is also about talk, but in a coolly heady and original inside-the-front-office way.
  11. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 22, 2011
    90
    Starring Brad Pitt in top movie star form, it's a film that's impressive and surprising.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Sep 22, 2011
    90
    His performance is a canny portrait of leadership - part genius, part crazy guts, part dumb luck - and worthy of moving Pitt up to the playoff round of Oscar finalists for Best Actor. We'd put money on it.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 22, 2011
    90
    Now that Pitt no longer has brash youth on his side, he's digging deeper and doing more with less. It's the kind of acting - understated but woven with golden threads of movie-star style - that gives us more to look at rather than less.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    Sep 20, 2011
    90
    It really happened, it's really corny, and it's really great.
  15. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Sep 10, 2011
    90
    The surprisingly effective Moneyball has a smart script, solid direction and great performances.
  16. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Sep 23, 2011
    88
    A crowd-pleasing baseball movie for people - like me - who don't like baseball movies...Probably the finest baseball movie since "Bull Durham".
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 22, 2011
    88
    The supporting cast is strong, as is the deft, sharply witty script. Miller directs elegantly, letting the narrative unfold at a deliberate, artful pace.
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 22, 2011
    88
    Moneyball is a hilarious and provocative change-up, entertaining without feeling the need to swing for the fences.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Sep 22, 2011
    88
    Although you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it, Moneyball is one of the best baseball movies imaginable.
  20. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Sep 22, 2011
    88
    It's tense, strangely funny in a lot of spots and – if you grew up loving old-fashioned, seat-of-the-pants baseball, as I did – the most depressing movie of the year.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 22, 2011
    88
    Moneyball is one of the best and most viscerally exciting films of the year.
  22. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Sep 21, 2011
    88
    This is a subtle, elegant and altogether triumphant film about a subject I thought I was tired of, told with an artistry and freshness that is positively thrilling.
  23. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 21, 2011
    88
    Moneyball is a thinking person's baseball movie, and a baseball fan's thinking movie.
  24. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Sep 22, 2011
    83
    It's a sports story, yes, because without baseball there's no Beane. But it's far more a tale of a man's triumph over himself and his doubters. And you don't need math to make sense of that.
  25. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 21, 2011
    83
    Miller directs with intelligence, though not flair, but the script makes up for any flagging energy with crackling Sorkin dialogue and performances that sing with revolutionary fervor.
  26. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 10, 2011
    83
    Director Bennett Miller has produced a warm and generally agreeable character study about the pratfalls of athletic institutions and the willingness to think outside the box.
  27. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Nov 21, 2011
    80
    You don't need to understand anything of baseball to get behind this, a chest-swelling story about second chances and flipping a finger up (even a giant foam one) to The Man.
  28. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Sep 26, 2011
    80
    Statistics and their alleged true meaning are at the heart of Moneyball, but it's also one of the most soulful of baseball movies - it confronts the anguish of a tough game.
  29. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Sep 22, 2011
    80
    It's to the director's credit, and Pitt's, that Moneyball is anything but bloodless - in its own quiet, unspectacular way, this movie courses with life.
  30. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 22, 2011
    80
    A richly detailed and enjoyable American yarn.
  31. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 22, 2011
    80
    This extraordinary hybrid of a movie lives and breathes the game, yet its achievement is bigger than that. There's a touch of old-fashioned romanticism here, but more crucially there's strategy going on inside Bennett Miller's movie that turns it into something cool and special.
  32. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 22, 2011
    80
    On some level Moneyball is about loyalty: loyalty to an idea, loyalty to a partnership forged by desperation, loyalty to the values you believe in. Whether that was Lewis' intention in the book, or Beane's intention in taking the risk, doesn't matter. It's the formula Miller came up with for the film, and with the team of Pitt and Hill, it's a winning one.
  33. Reviewed by: Stephen Garrett
    Sep 20, 2011
    80
    Best of all, filmmaker Bennett Miller (Capote) uses this brainiac sports movie to remind viewers that money is neither the measure of a man nor the ultimate assessment of quality; it's a myopic metric based on past accomplishments rather than future potential. After all, success isn't always about the home runs so much as just getting on base - again, and again, and again.
  34. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 22, 2011
    78
    Moneyball is a smart, funny, and thoughtful baseball movie.
  35. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 23, 2011
    75
    Moneyball presents a misleading story line in order to prop up Billy Beane as some kind of would-be miracle worker antihero. In truth, he's just another tobacco-chewing go-getter trying to make sense of a game that, thankfully, has never quite made sense.
  36. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Sep 23, 2011
    75
    Turning the stately game into something few can resist – a smart and lively comedy of manners.
  37. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 23, 2011
    75
    Pitt and Hill are fantastic individually, and hilarious when together -- and on a surprisingly engaging script by Aaron Sorkin ("Social Network") and Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List").
  38. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 22, 2011
    75
    Moneyball comes to life when elaborating on Beane's unique system of player selection, and the on-field baseball action is at times electrifying, but it trends toward the generic when tailing him away from the stadium.
  39. 70
    The movie doesn't quite come together, but it's full of smart, cynical talk, and it's very entertaining.
  40. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Sep 9, 2011
    70
    The movie does achieve something nearly impossible: Someone who doesn't even like the sport may care about Billy Beane and the 2002 Oakland Athletics.
  41. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Naysayers have been claiming for years that the "Moneyball" book wouldn't work as a movie. But ultimately, it's the cinematic touches that keep this film version from becoming something exceptional.
  42. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    True to Hollywood's tireless efforts to fit square-peg material into roundish genre niches, this wavering, intermittently smart story of daring to think differently flattens its narrative into formula.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 480 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 131
  1. Sep 23, 2011
    10
    As a relative newcomer to the love of baseball I was really looking forward to this film. It delivered plenty of runs and hits for two hours of error free baseball movie. I've heard it wasn't letter perfect to history but since I didn't know the story going in any discrepancies or liberties taken were lost on me. The tension was palpable just like a good pitchers dual. Full Review »
  2. Feb 13, 2012
    8
    "Moneyball" is a good film. As MarcDoyle said it's not a great film, but it's emotionally involving. Aaron Sorkin does a great job of this. He uses his witty clever words he did in "The Social Network" and applies to Brad Pitt, in which allowing him to stand up at his best as Billy Beane, the man who let the crappy Oaklands Athletics team into historical victory. As much as this is a sports movie, it's also a movie to think carefully about. Full Review »
  3. Sep 24, 2011
    9
    I'm not sure that this is a GREAT film, but it is certainly emotionally involving to this AL West (and Halos) fan who followed that 2002 season extremely closely for obvious reasons. The writers and director made and extremely affecting film out of what could have been a dry subject. I'm left wondering why the heck Paul DiPodesta didn't want his name associated with the film. Jonah Hill came off as extremely likable. And Beane has to be happy with the Pitt treatment. Great choice in casting Activision CEO Bobby Kotick as the A's owner. I think he nailed the guy. Full Review »