Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Scene by scene, The Rookie does a better job of capturing the rhythms and rituals of the playing field and the electricity that flows between a team and its fans than well-regarded baseball films like "Field of Dreams" and "The Natural."
  2. Mr. Quaid has long been a reliably likable actor, but this time he pitches a perfect performance -- no frills, no tricks, not a single false note -- in a film that's true to its stirring subject, and to the sweetest traditions of the game.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    90
    A rarity to be cheered: a smart, engaging family film that stands firmly in the best of the Disney tradition.
  4. So unassuming and pure of heart, you can't help but warmly extend your arms and yell "Safe!"
  5. Something particularly clean shines in this American fairy tale, a quality of simplicity that's almost as hard to achieve in such movies as a middle-aged man's boyhood dreams.
  6. Works mostly off Quaid's performance.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    3
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