• Released
  • July 13, 2012
  • NR , 1 hr 13 min
  • Documentary
  • 4 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Two Dominican baseball players face challenges as they try to make it to the Major Leagues.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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60

Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
Essential, if artless, baseball exposé.
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Rated NR