Calvin Marshall
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An unathletic junior college student works to realize his dream of playing for the MLB while courting a pretty volleyball player who displays the athletic prowess that he so sorely lacks. Calvin Marshall (Alex Frost) is a good kid with big dreams. Despite knowing that the young player will never make it to the big leagues, his coach, Doug (Steve Zahn), recognizes Calvin's dedication to the game, and decides to keep him around as a morale-boosting bench warmer. Meanwhile, likeable Calvin strikes up a tentative romance with Tori (Michelle Lombardo), a statuesque volleyball star with a quick… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Most baseball movies are about dreams; Calvin Marshall is a sentimental comedy about self-delusion, and the young actor Alex Frost can't find a way to make sense of Calvin, or to make him sympathetic."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"When you don't care about the character who gives a movie its name, you've got terminal problems."
‑ Simon Abrams, Time Out New York
"A baseball movie suffused with authentic patter and love for the game equal to that harbored by its titular character."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Lundgren's screenplay beautifully juggles the story's alternately comic and poignant elements and renders all three main characters with surprising depth."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"[Director] Lundgren has a light touch and a weakness for wistful indie lullabies; it is the former that gives this classic coming-of-age film its distinctive ring."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"A grand-slam comic drama that's heartwarming, funny, inspirational and, above all, triumphant."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Aside from Zahn, thesping is uneven."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Director Gary Lundgren's Calvin Marshall eventually falls flat in its heavy-handed efforts to score an emotional homerun."
‑ Adam Keleman, Slant Magazine
"A rare and invigorating spotlight on the back to basics collective spirit among salt of the earth workingclass enthusiasts of any game played among them, simply for the love of sports beyond money and fame. And just the way it was always meant to be."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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