Ballplayer: Pelotero 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
Essential, if artless, baseball exposé.
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Ballplayer: Pelotero

By Alf_Ebert
A documentary that will primarily appeal to fans of Major League Baseball. Every year on July 2 in the Dominican Republic, 16 year old males with dreams of MLB success receive offers from prospective...

Baseball fans must go

By chadegra
This is a great documentary about Dominican Ball Players and the MLB. I had to drive 40 minutes away to see it and thank God it was worth it! This movie gives a good insight about these kids and why...

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