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Television actor-turned-director Brian Robbins follows up Varsity Blues (1999) and Ready to Rumble (2000) with another sports comedy. Keanu Reeves stars as Conor O'Neill, an underachiever and inveterate sports gambler who needs a bailout loan from a friend to pay off his mounting debt. As a condition for receiving the necessary funds, Conor is saddled with coaching a corporate-sponsored Little League baseball team for underprivileged youth in Chicago's notorious Cabrini Green housing project. Reluctant at first, Conor slowly begins to enjoy his new authority role, especially when he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A smarmy proposition passing itself off as family fun in the style of The Bad News Bears."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Had Paramount played more team ball, they coulda been a contender"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Esforçando-se ao máximo para arrancar lágrimas do espectador, o filme apela para todas as convenções estabelecidas por produções semelhantes, falhando em todas as tentativas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The Hollywood adaptation admirably avoids the urge to sanitize the material -- this isn't Mighty Ducks in the Hood."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"one of those irritatingly "well-intentioned" movies that constantly falls flat because it offers no depth"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Works where it counts, on the emotional level."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"This umpire calls Hardball out at first base."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...Hardball is much darker and far more adult than the commercials and trailer want you to believe."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"...a formulaic feel-good kind of film with cute kids and Keanu Reeves appeal. I wanted to like it more, but felt rather frustrated by its predictable storyline"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The toughness, tragedy and street slang built into it give it an aura of reality."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Reeves does pretty good in this giving us a decent watchable movie to feel good about."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This is less a hardball than a softball, without any curves or surprises."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Home runs for all the young actors with Reeves stuck at second base."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"It's exactly the sort of raw, powerhouse filmmaking you'd expect from director Brian Robbins, whose previous works include "Ready to Rumble," "Varsity Blues" and that gripping expose of the fast-food world, "Good Burger.""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Does what it's supposed to do, and it occasionally goes a little farther than it needs to."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
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