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Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Moneyball is a winner, one of the freshest and smartest sports movies in years."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"The real protagonist of Moneyball, however, is Beane himself, played with great charisma by Brad Pitt."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Directed by Capote's Bennett Miller, this is one helluva good sports movie. It's a terrific movie, period."
‑ Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's Magazine
"Brad Pitt is at the top of his own game as Beane. Cocky and often nonchalant, he is gnawed by doubts that he tries to cover by grabbing a snack or pitching a grin."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Reader
"Moneyball looks like an underdog sports movie, but it veers away from the path usually followed by films of the genre. My suggestion is that you set aside any preconceptions and just go with the flow."
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"As an example of smarter-than-average Hollywood fare - and a sly dig at modern sporting politics - 'Moneyball' has all the key bases covered."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"[Pitt] provides ballast and a swaggering humor to a movie that, too often, strives to be The Social Network of baseball movies."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Writer Aaron Sorkin works best at auctioneer speeds, and some of the best scenes involve Pitt's character working the phones, calling and stalling other teams' managers, trading players like a used-car salesman."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"That such a literally spreadsheet-intensive story could register real human thought and feeling at all has to count as some kind of triumph."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"Australia may not exactly be mad for the game, but I suspect - I hope - that the latest film from Bennett Miller (Capote) will inspire a few more people to become immersed in it."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"One of the most soulful of baseball movies -- it confronts the anguish of a very tough game."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Pitt, who has a producing credit, is not the sole reason this tremendous -- yet intimate -- sports tale soars over the fences. The bench is deep. And the script has a powerful but finessed swing."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"This is a baseball story that's less about game-winning hits and more about people willing to challenge the establishment."
‑ Jay Stone,
"Moneyball is a great sports movie, yes, but it will also cross audiences. It's one of the year's finest."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"A well-written and incredibly smart film about baseball."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
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