Field of Dreams
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"If you build it, he will come." That's the ethereal message that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. At first, "he" seems to be the ghost of disgraced ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), who materializes on the ballfield and plays a few games with the awestruck Ray. But as the weeks go by, Ray receives several other messages from a disembodied voice, one of which is "Ease his pain." He realizes that his ballfield has been divinely ordained to give a second chance to people… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All of this would work better if Robinson built up the reality of the town more, made the citizens a more palpable presence, as Frank Capra did in Hollywood's greatest fable-fantasy, It's a Wonderful Life."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"The life-equals-baseball masterpiece still packs an unexpected kick."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Rightfully a ballgame classic, this is sentimental nonsense, sure, but charmingly so."
‑ Jane Crowther, Total Film
"Alden's script goes from charming to preposterous to preachy."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Instant baseball classic for whole family."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The sentimentality, of which there is plenty, is nicely balanced by a humor of ironic pragmatism, as when Ray, having built his baseball field as a monument to human dreams, decides to charge tourists $20 a head to visit it."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Field of Dreams sustains a dreamy mood in which the idea of baseball is distilled to its purest essence: a game that stands for unsullied innocence in a cruel, imperfect world."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This fantasy drama from director Phil Alden Robinson is a delightful blend of the blind-fate story and the more fanciful feel-good corn of Frank Capra."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"[A] special experience, sort of an It's a Wonderful Life for the late '80s."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Widely regarded as a modern populist classic, the film is both a fabulist fable and a celebratory baseball movie that acknowledges scandal within the sport but also the game's transcendent ability to rise above attempts to damage its integrity. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Despite a lovely cameo turn by Burt Lancaster, Field of Dreams is the male weepie at its wussiest."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The conception is sentimental, but the storytelling remains assured and effective."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Field of Dreams isn't a home run. It's more like a suicide squeeze: if it hadn't been perfectly executed, it wouldn't have worked. But as they say in baseball, a run is a run."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Too idiosyncratic and witty merely to wallow in sentimentality, Field Of Dreams will surely stand as a classic update of what made Old Hollywood so magical. It's still a wonderful life."
‑ Mat Snow, Empire Magazine
"One of the best films of the 80s"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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