100

Time

By Richard Corliss
Shelton has written the wittiest, busiest screenplay since Moonstruck, and his three stars do their very best screen work. [20 June 1988]
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Though his film is like no other baseball movie, it may remind you of Paul Newman's hockey comedy Slap Shot: a knowing look at sport's underbelly - punctuated by jelly-belly laughs. [15 June 1988]
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
It's just that when a movie is this close, with so much of the sports flavor (co-producer Thom Mount is co-owner of the real Durham Bulls), you like to see it perfect. [15 June 1988]
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
A loopy, loving nine innings full of comic curve balls, emotional home-runs and euphoric, summertime music.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A treasure of a movie because it knows so much about baseball and so little about love.
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80

Film Threat

By Brad Laidman
The best movie ever made about baseball, and it's not even really that close... "Major League" was funny, but Bull Durham is funny, literate, romantic, and overwhelmingly adherent to the idiosyncracies of the game.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Even if baseball isn't your favorite sport, or if you don't like sports much at all, you'll find something to catch your attention in this smartly made (if unblushingly vulgar) new comedy. [7 July 1988]
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Successfully avoids the grandiose mythmaking that has been the bane of the baseball movie from ''Pride of the Yankees'' to ''The Natural.'' Rather than a vapid national epic, it is a warm, droll, deftly cracked romantic comedy. [15 June 1988]
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70

TV Guide

Featuring outstanding lead performances by Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins; a witty, literate script; and an insider's familiarity with life around minor league baseball--Bull Durham is both one of the best films ever made about the national pastime and a charming romantic comedy.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

In a word, bull - cruddy, foul-smelling and fly-specked, an excuse for a series of cheap sex scenes and single-entendre gags. [15 June 1988]
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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