75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Cynics may roll their eyes at Hardball's earnestness, but the movie proves even the most conventional stories can move and engage you, provided they're told well.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A by-the-numbers tearjerker notable mostly for the most adorable little sluggers this side of the "Bad News Bears."
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Those who were upset by the tragic ending of last year's "Pay It Forward" should be warned away.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It drifts above the surface of its natural subjects, content to be a genre picture. We're always aware of the formula--and in a picture based on real life, we shouldn't be.
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Ultimately, the kids carry this manipulative tear-jerker. They're warm, lively charmers.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Remains watchable when it's not hitting you like a baseball bat with poignancy. But by the time you've endured all of the shamelessly manipulative plot turns and heart-yanking speeches that close out the movie, all you can do is cry foul.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Hardball works where it counts, on the emotional level.
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38

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
As shallow and manipulative a movie as any that come to mind.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie is so littered with clichés of genre, as well as clichés of artifice in Reeves' pained performance, that any semblance of social reality goes foul.
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10

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film takes a true story and drags it through a swamp of hyped-up Hollywood cliches.
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48 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.