Bull Durham
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A blend of comedy, drama and romance, Bull Durham follows the intertwining of three lives brought together by the great American pastime. Crash Davis (Kevin Costner, showcasing his Midwestern charm) is a perennial Minor Leaguer assigned to the Durham Bulls, a hapless team with a long tradition of mediocrity. There he tutors a young, dim-witted pitching prodigy, Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) in the ways of baseball, life, and love. Each strikes up a romance with Annie (Susan Sarandon), the team's "mascot" who takes it upon herself to sleep with a new player every season. Each has… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Screwball Annie and hardball Crash aren't playing the same game, which is Shelton's conceit as well as a possible screen-writing miscalculation."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Rather than a vapid national epic, it is a warm, droll, deftly cracked romantic comedy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Costner is charming as an aging catcher who decides it's time to hang up his mitt at Sarandon's place."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Bull Durham is a jaunty, refreshing comedy that mixes sex The ambling pace and inventiveness of Bull Durham are the doing of Shelton, a filmmaker worth watching. This film is a tidy summing-up of one aspect of America`s favorite sport."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This witty, sharply observed tale belnds sports, comedy and romance and benefits immensely from the appealing performances by Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed the film, displays a knowledge of and affection for the national pastime. You can see it in the knowing detail he brings to even the minor characters."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The acting in Bull Durham cannot be faulted and should be remembered at Oscar time. Sarandon has one of the juiciest female roles in years and she makes you think no one could play it better."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Bull Durham is the feel-good movie of the Summer of '88. The sooner you see it, the happier your summer's going to be. So what are you waiting for?"
‑ Dan Geringer, Philadelphia Daily News
"[Crash's] remit? To teach talented but undisciplined pitcher Ebby (Tim Robbins) about hurling a ball. And a little about life."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"A winning, mature comedy about sex and baseball."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"[Shelton is] uncanny at putting us inside his players' heads when they're on the mound or up at bat, running their private litanies of encouragement and subversion to psych themselves up."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Shelton locates the tension and the humor between pitches, between ball games, between the sheets. It helps too that he has written the wittiest, busiest screenplay since Moonstruck, and that his three stars do their very best screen work."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A smart, witty character piece that eschews the stale sports flick formul"
‑ John Marriott, Radio Times
"I will always respect Bull Durham for what it represents in terms of love of baseball, but it will not be on my list of favorite sports movies."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A romantic fable about baseball."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
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