A League of Their Own
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The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far away in Europe and Asia fighting World War II. The league flourished until after World War II, when, with the men's return, the league was consigned to oblivion. Director Penny Marshall and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel re-create the wartime era when women's baseball looked to stand a good chance of sweeping the country. The story begins as a candy-bar tycoon enlists agents to scour the country to find women who could play ball. In the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"Though amusing enough to avoid absolutely drowning in schmaltz, it's sad to see a film with potential lose its way in the late innings."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"This movie aims for the tear ducts and the funny bone as ruthlessly as the big action-fantasy hits go after the viscera."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Marshall's methods overwhelm the material, and what emerges is a movie utterly without personality. A unique chapter in American history becomes a movie as ordinary as they come."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Marshall's finest hour as a filmmaker, capturing audience-pleasing moments with assurance, while also paying careful attention to the vulnerabilities of the characters."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"It serves up good-natured entertainment, if you're in the mood, but be prepared to swallow a generous helping of sickly-sweet sentimentality along with the laughs."
‑ , Film4
"What does it say about today's Hollywood when the most interesting character in a movie about a women's baseball team turns out to be a man?"
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Hits about .250 with a few RBI, but more than its share of strikeouts."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's a cinematic home run, certain to please filmgoers who don't know a catcher's mitt from an oven mitt."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The agenda here is clearly along the lines of good-natured vignettes, smart one-liners and a healthy dose of heartstring tugging."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"As uneven as an amateur baseball game."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Few of the other performers make an impression. A director who can lose Madonna in a crowd can't be said to appreciate charisma."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Energetic, full of goodwill and good feelings, it never quite attains the graceful nonchalance and self-confidence with which finely tuned athletes -- and comedies -- move and enchant us."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Part history, part comedy, and part soap opera, A League of Their Own casts a pretty wide net. For the most part, it's a net that's good fun to get caught in."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Terrific tweens-and-up story of women's baseball."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"The idea of Penny Marshall's sentimental comedy--an all-American Girls Professional Baseball League in WWII--is so good that you wonder why no one has thought about it before; in the lead, Geena Davis is charming, and so is Tom Hanks."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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