Ballplayer: Pelotero
Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 4, 2012
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gripping and surprisingly nuanced, Ballplayer: Pelotero is a frank exploration of the nature of corruption in baseball recruitment.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

[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

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

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.

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Sarah Block
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

The dynamic here suggests what's at stake for Miguel and his family.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Hard-hitting sports doc examines the darker side of the recruitment of young baseball players in the Dominican Republic for the major leagues.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A documentary narrated by John Leguizamo that provides a seldom-seen look inside the training camps run by MLB in that impoverished nation.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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.

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