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
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 22, 2012
    50
    This is a character we have seen a million times before and Eastwood brings little that's new or original to the part. The movie as a whole can be labeled with the same criticism.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 20, 2012
    63
    Eastwood and Adams are just so much damn fun to watch.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 19, 2012
    42
    Even those who don't know a foul tip from a chicken wing will be able to spot the desperate plays.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Sep 20, 2012
    50
    Trouble With the Curve finally finds its zone when Gus and Mickey find the young baseball prodigy they've been looking for. That doesn't happen until the narrative's last inning, though, too late to save the movie. I'd call it "Neanderthalball."
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 20, 2012
    50
    Its title notwithstanding, there's nothing that remotely approaches a narrative curve ball in this tired saga of an aging baseball scout.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 19, 2012
    50
    Adams is absolutely winning in this role, which requires her to be a tough-as-nails attorney, grownup tomboy, and psychologically scarred adult. And she makes a good foil for Eastwood, though it's often uncomfortable to see the actor going through melodramatic paces.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 20, 2012
    75
    Wholly predictable yet serenely enjoyable.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Sep 20, 2012
    38
    Clint has a script. Actually, Clint has too much script, one of those schematic by-the-number jobs that telegraphs its every pitch.
  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: 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."
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 20, 2012
    60
    Trouble With the Curve is easily digestible in chunks – if it were a CBS show, it'd be called "Postseason With Morrie" - and it has an affectionate view of grubby motels, greasy diners and small-town scoreboards.
  18. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 21, 2012
    50
    Trouble With the Curve presents viewers with a frustrating change-up: What promised to be a modest, refreshingly unforced little comedy turns out to be low energy to a fault.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 60
    As cheap as the whole set-up is, the actors make wonderful music together - even if there's not much left of Eastwood's vocal cords except a handful of dust.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Sep 20, 2012
    50
    Everything about Trouble With the Curve is as streamlined and hollow as a Wiffle Ball bat.
  23. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 20, 2012
    60
    There is something to be said for giving people what they want, but there are no surprises in Randy Brown's script, and Lorenz plays it safe. It's feel-good stuff; you wonder what Eastwood, a terrific director, might have done with it behind the camera.
  24. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Sep 21, 2012
    50
    Unfortunately even a clogging Timberlake can't stop the movie's march to a conveniently happy ending. Nor can he block the flow of psychobabble. It's enough to make any fan beg: Play ball. Please.
  25. 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]
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 21, 2012
    60
    Ends up being the kind of movie we don't see a whole lot anymore: an emotionally grounded and quietly meaningful crowd-pleaser that functions as a lovely antidote to the recently ended summer blockbuster season.
  27. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 20, 2012
    42
    One of the most lifeless and predictable movies you're likely to see this year.
  28. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 18, 2012
    60
    Adams gets a delectable onscreen partner in Justin Timberlake as a novice scout who takes an interest in Mickey. Even the old half-naked-moonlight-swim gambit feels fresh with these two involved.
  29. 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.
  30. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 19, 2012
    58
    Director Robert Lorenz makes a nondescript debut, after assisting Eastwood on several of his directing gigs. The student hasn't learned much from the teacher about economic storytelling or deflecting schmaltz.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  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. 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 amazing cast could push out this garbage. Full Review »