Trouble with the Curve

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Sep 17, 2012
    80
    A defiantly analog rejoinder to last year's tech-savvy baseball drama, "Moneyball," Robert Lorenz's square but sturdy directing debut rests on the wonderfully spiky chemistry between Eastwood and Amy Adams.
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Sep 17, 2012
    80
    Clint Eastwood and a superb cast hit it out of the park in Trouble With The Curve, a great entertainment filled with heart, humor, family drama and fantastic acting.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 17, 2012
    80
    Eastwood is vastly entertaining as an old-fashioned scout who disdains computers and fancy statistical charts in favor of his own time-tested instincts.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 20, 2012
    75
    Wholly predictable yet serenely enjoyable.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Sep 19, 2012
    75
    In Trouble With The Curve, Eastwood plays a reminder of an older way of doing things, a professional whose likes the world won't see again once he's gone. The role isn't much of a stretch.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 19, 2012
    75
    Trouble With the Curve isn't a great sports film, like Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" (2004). But it's a superior entertainment, moving down somewhat predictable paths with an authenticity and humanity that appeals.
  7. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: David Denby
    Oct 7, 2012
    70
    The intricate baseball knowledge that gets passed back and forth among the characters in Trouble with the Curve is much more interesting than the moral simplicities that the movie offers. [8 Oct. 2012, p.87]
  8. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 20, 2012
    70
    Regrettably, it is not a home run or a perfect game, but it isn't a wild throw, an errant bunt or a dropped fly ball either. Trouble With the Curve is either an off-speed pitch that just catches the edge of the strike zone or a bloop single lofted into right field. The runner is safe. The movie is too.
  9. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 20, 2012
    70
    This amiable, old-fashioned film is no world-beater, but it underlines why, appearances with empty chairs excepted, it is always a pleasure to see this man on the screen.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Sep 20, 2012
    70
    If the modest and moving Trouble With the Curve won't overwhelm anybody, it's still an engaging winner, like a junk-ball pitcher who stays in the bigs on grit and heart.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Sep 18, 2012
    70
    Here is the irony: Trouble With the Curve embodies all of the values it espouses - it is an old-fashioned, proficient, amiable, and decent movie - but it has no instinct.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 21, 2012
    67
    What you get in Trouble with the Curve is standard-issue late-career Eastwoodiana. The growl, the snarl, the crotchetiness are already familiar to us from "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) and "Gran Torino" (2009), his last appearance as an actor.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Sep 20, 2012
    65
    Predictable but appealing, Trouble with the Curve is the latest of Clint Eastwood's odes to old-fashioned attitudes and virtues.
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 20, 2012
    63
    Baseball movies tend to be lyrical, deeply felt, aggressively metaphorical and (consequently) terrible, but Trouble With the Curve has something most others lack: Eastwood's superb, cruel sense of humor, which reaches all the way back to "Every Which Way But Loose."
  15. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Sep 20, 2012
    63
    The good news is that this daddy/daughter reconciliation story connects with the ball. The not-so-good: It's a blooper.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 20, 2012
    63
    Eastwood and Adams are just so much damn fun to watch.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 20, 2012
    63
    The script is by first-timer Randy Brown, but it feels as if it were spit out by one of the assistant GM's computers, so regular are its beats and revelations.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Jan 24, 2013
    10
    The best movie I've seen of Clint Eastwood.
  2. Sep 27, 2012
    4
    Below average fare. In the hands of a better writer and director, this could have been quirkier and more fun, but it just plods along. ClintBelow average fare. In the hands of a better writer and director, this could have been quirkier and more fun, but it just plods along. Clint doesn't pop, and Amy Adams is wasted. Full Review »
  3. Sep 22, 2012
    2
    Horrible movie. I love baseball movies...but it is clear there were no baseball players on the production team. Not sure how such an amazingHorrible movie. I love baseball movies...but it is clear there were no baseball players on the production team. Not sure how such an amazing cast could push out this garbage. Full Review »