Hardball Synopsis
A gambler (Keanu Reeves) in debt agrees to coach Little League Baseball.
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated PG-13
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ This umpire calls Hardball out at first base.
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