Ballplayer: Pelotero
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Ballplayer: Pelotero
This compelling documentary, narrated by John Leguizamo and executive produced by Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, is a gritty and never before seen look inside the world of Major League Baseball (MLB) training camps in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel and Jean Carlos are two of the top prospects and they are both about to turn 16, which means they can be signed to an MLB farm team and ultimately move up to the majors. Ballplayer: Pelotero filmmakers Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jonathan Paley take you inside this never before seen world for an up close and personal look at the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[The] Directors...try to soften...ugly truths with sentimental stories of teenagers getting signed and pulling their families out of poverty, but the portrait of widespread exploitation overwhelms the intended effect...[ END HERE ]of these subplots"
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"What gives Pelotero its edge is a nexus of corruption, exploitation and betrayal that transforms this well-shot, cannily edited item into an engrossing expose."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"[Ballplayer: Pelotero shows] the contrast between the pure joy of baseball and the hardcore, and often problematic, business that it has become in the Dominican Republic."
‑ Sarah Block, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Although this film is a "must see" for baseball aficionados, its narrow scope takes it out of the big leagues."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"An interesting film that requires you to think about where and from whom statements are coming from and consider the ideas and speculative accusations appropriately."
‑ Christopher Campbell,
"It's an eye-opening look at a flawed, potentially exploitative system and how it is being gamed from all sides of the table -- the story of the collision of youthful dreams and a cutthroat adult cartel."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The next time I see some superstar athlete giving an interview that suggests the absence of a functioning soul, I'll think of the two tense, joyless boys at the center of this quietly devastating documentary."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The dynamic here suggests what's at stake for Miguel and his family."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Can you say 'Moneyball' en espanol?"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Hard-hitting sports doc examines the darker side of the recruitment of young baseball players in the Dominican Republic for the major leagues."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A documentary narrated by John Leguizamo that provides a seldom-seen look inside the training camps run by MLB in that impoverished nation."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Illuminating -- gets into the uneasy combination of moral benevolence and almost parasitic business interest that informs non-familial adults helping shepherd poor Dominican kids into pro baseball."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Ballplayer: Pelotero answers the question on some sports fans' minds-Why is it that 20 percent of American professional baseball players are Dominican?-by tracking the rise (and sometimes fall) of hopeful young players in the Dominican Republic."
‑ Marsha McCreadie, Film Journal International
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