For Love of the Game
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For Love of the Game
This film takes a provocative look into the professional and personal passions of Billy Chapel, a legendary baseball pitcher nearing the end of his career who is forced to re-examine his priorities when confronted with unexpected circumstances: Not only is he about to be traded after 20 years with the same team, but the woman he has been with for several years, Jane Aubrey, is leaving him. In the midst of pitching a perfect game against the New York Yankees, Chapel, who has been the heart and soul of the Detroit Tigers, thinks back upon his long career and his tempestuous relationship with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For Love of the Game asks whether the same qualities that make an athlete a champion don't also destroy his happiness. The answer, unfortunately, is long-winded and redundant... But some of the baseball scenes are good."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"The baseball sequences are fabulous, not least because Costner looks and moves like a real player a rarity for actors in sports movies... But the love story, a five-year off-and-on affair, is little more than a sop to Costner's romantic faithful."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Kevin Costner is back starring in his third baseball movie, and after those two box office home runs, Mighty Kevin has struck out."
‑ Tom Sander, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Far more horrifying than Evil Dead, Sam Raimi's attempt at making a sports-oriented romance strikes out, forfeits and loses three times before its two hours and 10 minutes are up."
‑ Norene Cashen, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"This is no perfect -- or even half-perfect -- game. It's another movie where conventions are subbed for life lessons, where the emotions are cued by golden oldies and where the motivation (at least on the studio's part) isn't love of the game but money."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"On the field, Costner is consistent, but his exploration of Billy's romantic dilemma is superficial and often wooden."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Vanity is one thing, but Costner's act is beginning to feel like a particularly self-righteous -- and tiresome -- form of pathology. Someone should tell him that an actor's job is to disappear into his characters, not vice-versa."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"Like Billy this movie is good on the field, but not so much once off it."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Here are two things that definitely don't go together: baseball and piano music."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Those flashbacks will drive you nuts. As if baseball didn't drag on long enough, almost every inning or out of that Yankees game is punctuated by a memory."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"For Love of the Game's earnestness seems itself like a desperate cry for attention."
‑ Theresa Everline, Orlando Weekly
"Memo to all involved: It's a game."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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