Fever Pitch
Fever Pitch (1985)

In this routine drama, director Richard Brooks has created a convincing obsession in Taggart, a gambling junkie (Ryan O'Neal). Taggart is a sports reporter in hock because of gambling debts. His solution is to head to Vegas to do a… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 1, 1985
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Variety Staff

Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O'Neal as a sports reporter hooked on the gambling game is wooden and unsympathetic.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

You could live a long time and never see anything as awful as Fever Pitch.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The opening segments of the movie are simply odd, distracting and unconvincing. It's the movie's final act that is sick.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

It waffles constantly, and we never know if the creators are for or against gambling.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

An old-fashioned and numbingly predicable problem pic of the kind that he used to do rather better.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Fights its own message of gambling as an addiction.

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