Fear Strikes Out
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fear holds up well, and the climactic showdown between father and son offers a tremendously appealing resolution."
‑ Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
"Mr. Perkins plays the young fellow excellently, not only conveying the gathering torment but also actually looking like a ballplayer on the field."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Director Robert Mulligan's feature film debut is a harrowing and intense biopic of Boston Red Sox baseball star Jim Piersall, superbly portrayed by Anthony Perkins."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"A cold biopic that doesn't hold up now that its subject matter has left the spotlight."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Anthony Perkins gives a great, twitchy performance as Jimmy Piersall."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fear Strikes Out rolls Frank Merriwell and Sigmund Freud into a ball and then lines it out for a solid hit."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It's a little poky and tentative, but a promising start by the Pakula-Mulligan team."
‑ , Time Out
"Harrowing look at pressures on a young ballplayer."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Harkens back to a simpler time in baseball, where there were no steroids just eccentric players."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Anthony Perkins, in the young Piersall role, delivers a remarkably sustained performance of a sensitive young man, pushed too fast to the limits of his ability to cope with life's pressures."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Absorbing, but rather clinical, in the rubber-gloves style of 50s television drama."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This directorial debut for Mulligan also boasts an extremely effective, typically full-volume performance by Malden as Piersall's demanding but loving father."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Rarely seen character study of baseball great Jimmy Piersall with great work by Anthony Perkins in title role--and Karl Malden as his demanding dad."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Mulligan does his best to get around Perkins' lack of baseball credibility, even laughably avoiding any shots of him fielding a groundball during the shortstop experiment."
‑ Larry Carroll, FilmStew.com
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