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Knuckleball! is the story of a few good men, a handful of pitchers in the entire history of baseball forced to resort to the lowest rung on the credibility ladder in their sport: throwing a ball so slow and unpredictable that no one wants anything to do with it. The film follows the Major League's only knuckleballers in 2011, Boston Red Sox Tim Wakefield and New York Met R.A. Dickey, as they pursue a mercurial art form in a world that values speed, accuracy, and numerical accountability. With extraordinary access from the players and Major League Baseball, the film follows their personal… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nonfans, however, are about to find out exactly what the phrase inside baseball means."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A first-rate sports documentary in any season."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"The knuckleball is something like the quintessence of baseball, the ineffable and the impossible, pursued again and again. The film makes this magic part especially visible, in slow motion sequences and archival game tapes, nostalgia and reverie."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"There's plenty of real drama in this movie without Stern and Sundberg having to pump it up."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The sweet achievement of "Knuckleball!," Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's documentary about this quixotic pitch and the quixotic men who throw it, is that it gives both sides equal play."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Considers one of baseball's greatest quirks with good humor and a glancing touch."
‑ Scott Tobias, NPR
"Watching R.A. Dickey become one of the biggest sports celebrities in New York was about as welcome a surprise as a knuckleball that floats and drops under the batter's swing."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"For a film that's centered around such a silly-looking pitch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary is packed with considerable drama."
‑ Michael C. Walsh, Boston Phoenix
"With elements of "Moneyball" and a twist of the narrative arm, this look at how Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey became knuckleball experts is a real kick."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Well-produced sports doc puts viewers in the pitchers' shoes."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"An uplifting documentary about perseverance and determination reminds us that the national pastime still offers old-school heroes."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"This chronicle of two athletes throwing baseball's funkiest, least respected pitch is given depth by their stranger-than-fiction underdog status and camaraderie with mentors who've had the same struggles."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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