Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Meant to explore anger, all this picture does is manufacture it.
  2. 30
    It feels like a retread of several better movies, with a nastier, more bitter edge.
  3. 20
    The film has exhausted itself with fits of glib hysteria long before its truly stupefying final twist, a stunning betrayal of audience trust.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 38
  2. Negative: 12 out of 38
  1. ElaineA.
    Jun 18, 2007
    A selfless performance by Kevin Costner, showing what a versatile actor he is. Wonderful as the stoned has-been baseball player, really funny, tender and warm. A beautifully understated role. Better than Robert De Niro. Full Review »
  2. ShannonP.
    Jul 9, 2006
    Costner is at his best, delivering a Bull Durham-esque performance and creating a character that is funny and lovable. But the plot twist at the end is like being slapped in the face and called an idiot for watching and believing for 90 minutes that this was a decent film. Full Review »
  3. Brenda
    Feb 5, 2006
    I loved the interaction between all the characters, but I just couldn't get past the fact that time goes by, life goes on, and this wife does not ever attempt to reach her husband? How unrealistic is that!! He would have had to have been some creep of a husband to simply abandon his wife and daughters with nary a word FOR YEARS??? I don't believe she would have been married to such a man. Did it not ever occur to her that something might have happened to him? This part of the storyline ruined the credibility for me. Also if Kevin Kostner's character is so great of a person, why is he making a play so early in the dissolution of his neighbors' marriage? What kind of morals does he have? Full Review »