User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
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  1. BunnyC.
    Apr 1, 2002
    8
    Laugh-out-loud funny and touching. A real gem that you can take the kids to see! You don't have to love baseball to love this movie.
  2. ChadS.
    Apr 8, 2002
    7
    Rachel Griffiths has a rather thankless role as The Wife, but her teary reaction to Morris' call-up to the majors does transform "The Rookie" into a contender. The audience sees Morris through her eyes, and they are glistening. We have to know he is worth rooting for. But really, the story of Jim Morris is so amazing, the director is like Trent Dilfer(whoops, mixed metaphor). Just Rachel Griffiths has a rather thankless role as The Wife, but her teary reaction to Morris' call-up to the majors does transform "The Rookie" into a contender. The audience sees Morris through her eyes, and they are glistening. We have to know he is worth rooting for. But really, the story of Jim Morris is so amazing, the director is like Trent Dilfer(whoops, mixed metaphor). Just don't screw things up. Expand
  3. PaulD.
    Mar 15, 2003
    8
    Touching movie about dreams lost and found. Could have been a trite "Follow Your Bliss" plot, but script, direction, cast (especially Quaid). and soundtrack elevate this above the average. Slow, but a solid and entertaining film.
  4. TerranceR.
    Apr 13, 2002
    9
    Great fun, everything hangs together. Dialog is smart, witty and believable. Dennis Quaid (48) does a wonderful job of playing a 30+ ballplayer and it's obvious Dennis is a good athlete himself.
  5. JoeyD.
    Apr 10, 2002
    10
    Loved it, got absolutely involved in it, and thought it was very entertaining.
  6. CaseyK.
    Apr 21, 2002
    10
    This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Chad Lindberg is so hot!!
  7. MikeD.
    May 23, 2002
    7
    A great movie for the soul, but not for the senses. That is, the script, plot and acting is all good, but pace seemed to be a big problem. The watcher with a short attention span will find himself nodding off.
  8. JudithS.
    May 4, 2002
    8
    Dennis Quaid is wonderful. The film is a feel good, pull for the dream picture.
  9. RobertH.
    Mar 29, 2002
    9
    Wonderful heartwarming true story of high school science teacher and coach Jim Morris who taught his team of kids to believe in themselves. They repay the trust by providing Dennis Quaid (Jim) to realize his dream of pitching in the major leagues as a rookie at age of 35 - ancient for a professional ballplayer. Quaid is excellent in the role and does not overplay the part. We learn that Wonderful heartwarming true story of high school science teacher and coach Jim Morris who taught his team of kids to believe in themselves. They repay the trust by providing Dennis Quaid (Jim) to realize his dream of pitching in the major leagues as a rookie at age of 35 - ancient for a professional ballplayer. Quaid is excellent in the role and does not overplay the part. We learn that with the support of our family anything is possible? Great movie about family values. Expand
  10. BobS.
    Apr 18, 2002
    10
    Amazing Film. One of the best baseball movies of all time.
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. Doesn't break any new ground in the baseball movie playbook. However, it does bring it all back home with the assurance of seasoned pro.
  2. The embodiment of the very message it so modestly conveys -- it's the accomplished little guy we fervently root for.
  3. Eschews cliches and cuts to the truth.