90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Quaid has long been a reliably likable actor, but this time he pitches a perfect performance -- no frills, no tricks, not a single false note -- in a film that's true to its stirring subject, and to the sweetest traditions of the game.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Something particularly clean shines in this American fairy tale, a quality of simplicity that's almost as hard to achieve in such movies as a middle-aged man's boyhood dreams.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Scores a solid hit.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's hard not to get caught up in this improbable but true follow-your-dream tale.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
The Rookie may be pushing buttons, but at least they're the right buttons.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Qualifies as perfect family entertainment.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Even when there are lulls, the emotions seem authentic.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Eschews cliches and cuts to the truth.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's not afraid to play cornball when it isn't playing baseball, but The Rookie gets away with it.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Commits the sin of a hundred sports biographies in overselling its inherent drama.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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