Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch)
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Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch)
Nick Hornby's acclaimed memoir about one man's struggle to balance his love of a woman and his love for soccer was the basis of a well-reviewed British film in 1997, and now gets a Americanized rewrite with this picture, in which the game is changed from soccer to baseball. Ben (Jimmy Fallon) is a high-school teacher who meets Lindsay (Drew Barrymore), who has a successful career in business. Ben and Lindsay don't appear to have much in common on the surface, but they hit it off and are soon involved in a serious romance. But when spring rolls around, Lindsay becomes aware of the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"...tries to deal with the messy process of nurturing a proper adult relationship rather than simply shoehorning two lovers into a predictable set of catastrophic circumstances until they finally succumb to one another."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"It's slickly done, pleasantly watchable, but despite Barrymore's ever-charming earnestness, not quite a home run."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Perfectly enjoyable but perfectly forgettable."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The Farrelly brothers soften their customary inclination toward gross-out humor with a tender and earnest adaptation of a novel by Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity")."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"For a light-hearted romantic comedy, there are a number of genuinely touching moments of love."
‑ Mary Lasse, Christianity Today
"Stripped of almost all the brothers' usual crudeness, Fever Pitch proves what we've suspected all along: That beneath the gross-out gags and freak-show humor, Peter and Bobby Farrelly are just a couple of lovable romantics."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"The movie's sentiment is nothing new for the Farrelly brothers, but its complacency certainly is."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Coincidentally, it's the second great romantic comedy to end with Drew Barrymore on a ball diamond and the only work of fiction to feature Jimmy Fallon as a believable human being, as Fallon handles possible pregnancy with unexpected dramatic presence."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Despite the charming actors and promising setup, they never really hit it out of the park."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It's a lot of fun."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"The film turns out to be a substantial pleasure as the spirit of the Sox shines through."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The filmmakers are split between making the Sox obsession a lovably funny quirk and suggesting that it's haplessly infantile."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Maybe you have to love the Red Sox to really enjoy Fever Pitch, but then you never really had to know sports to know a pretty bad movie."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Drew Barrymore gives an excellent performance as a lady-in-waiting opposite Jimmy Fallon's equally-impressive portrayal of a jittery, baseball-obsessed beau."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Anyone familiar with the conventions of the rom-com genre knows how all this is going to turn out."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
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