For Love of the Game
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For Love Of The Game
Based on the novel by Michael Shaara, For Love of the Game brought Kevin Costner back to the world of baseball after his successes with Bull Durham (1988) and Field of Dreams (1989). Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) is a star pitcher with the Detroit Tigers, standing on the mound at Yankee Stadium and throwing what is shaping up to be a perfect game with the help of his best friend and catcher, Gus Osinski (John C. Reilly). However, Billy is having a hard time keeping his mind on the game; he's come to a crossroads in both his personal and professional lives, and he isn't sure what to do… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A perfect game in Yankee Stadium is no big deal these days; two have been pitched in the past 16 months. But a good baseball movie, that's hard."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Costner is as uneven as the storytelling itself, stone cold at moments, shimmeringly real in others."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Like Billy this movie is good on the field, but not so much once off it."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Costner and Preston's convincing work together go a long way in keeping the audience interested and involved."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"*For Love of the Game continually pushes its luck past the breaking point."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"For the first 100 minutes or so I found this hokey but serviceable; after that my watch became more meaningful than anything I could locate on-screen."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[The] game stretches over most of the film, but any anticipated suspense is undercut by the sepia-tinted inserts charting the couple's bumpy uninvolving five-year romance from first meeting to acrimonious split(s)"
‑ , Time Out
"Memo to all involved: It's a game."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"For Love of the Game is painless, but it's also pompous and pious about baseball in a way that doesn't mean much to a non-fan like me."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Like Chapel, Costner believes himself to be great, even when he's slowly getting worse."
‑ , Apollo Guide
"Thinking back through the movie, I cannot recall a single thing either character said that was worth hearing in its own right, apart from the requirements of the plot."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"At two hours-plus, it doesn't just seem long, it sometimes feels like a double rain delay."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"An old-fashioned Hollywood sports story/romance."
‑ Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
"Costner and company do a fine job getting you into the head of an aging sports idol at a pivotal moment in his life."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"While For Love of the Game has much to recommend it, particularly Costner's strong, understated performance, Raimi throws too many unnecessary curves."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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