90

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
Commendably, the film, narrated by John Leguizamo, sugarcoats nothing, and the people involved - the players, their trainers, their parents, the scouts - are remarkably forthright.
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88

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
A well-crafted, bravely revealing little film that could be considered essential education for baseball fans. It's just a bonus that the documentary is so entertaining.
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
While "Ballplayer" is certainly unsettling, must-see viewing for baseball fans - a nonfiction follow-up to Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's outstanding 2009 feature "Sugar" - it's a vibrant tale, alive with color and texture, that's far more than a sports movie.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Although there are numerous interviews with various people both directly involved with or peripheral to the action, the most compelling figure on display is a particularly articulate coach who proves all too determined to have his protégé succeed. The fact that he works strictly on commission is certainly no small element of his zeal.
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75

Washington Post

It's a story with serious human drama that will make you think a little differently the next time you watch your favorite team take the field.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
The doc is a sly, interesting achievement: It opens as an entertaining sports story and closes as a metaphor for government corruption.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The filmmakers investigate, but can't answer every tough question. There are so many people who could be potentially taking advantage of these players, it's hard to sort out the wrongdoers.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
As this eye-opening documentary shows, the suits who run MLB are the real bad guys here, treating the aspiring ballplayers as so much sausage.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Major League Baseball has passed new rules for the Dominican system, according to the film's closing credits, rules that will limit signing bonuses. Yet the harvest will continue, and it's not a pretty sight.
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60

Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
Essential, if artless, baseball exposé.
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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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