Summer Catch
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This blend of sports and youthful romantic comedy is from director Michael Tollin, who previously produced the sports drama Varsity Blues (1999). Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Ryan Dunne, a ballplayer who's spending the summer as a pitcher for the famed, highly prestigious Cape Cod League, a non-professional farm team that has turned out numerous baseball legends. Ryan's under special pressure on a number of fronts. He's the first local boy to earn a slot in the league in years, and his blue-collar status earns him the enmity of a hot-shot college teammate, Eric Van Leemer (Corey… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

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"As the script works toward its big-game finale, it pauses now and then to rip off Bull Durham, to let Biel spout Successories-worthy words of encouragement, and to touch on subplots involving Prinze's familiar-faced teammates."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"[An] awful light drama."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Despite an enjoyable turn from Brittany Murphy, the clichéd plot (local poor boy pitches his way to the Major League) ensures that's the best this forgettable teen fodder can hope for."
‑ , Total Film
"A baseball movie with no baseball, no movie, and absolutely no love involved."
‑ Oz,
"Perhaps Freddie is simply a pawn in some sinister plan to destroy his career..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Maybe the filmmakers figured that the audience for Summer Catch is too young to have seen Bull Durham."
‑ Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press
"Don't catch it. Drop it."
‑ , Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This story has its share of bad acting. But Summer Catch turns out to be a well-meaning, light, and fluffy comedy with plenty of good giggles."
‑ Deborah Henderson, Christian Science Monitor
"If this is what the boys of summer are offering, I say bring on football season -- now!"
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"Call this one foul."
‑ Joe Mader, Palo Alto Weekly
"When it comes to funny business, Tollin's got game, and he makes the most of some talented supporting players on his bench."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Because I'm a baseball fan, I tend to be an easy mark for baseball-themed movies, but something as badly focused and feebly scripted as Summer Catch just makes me wish for the Fall."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The film steps up a notch when the action is on the field. However, many directors before him have portrayed the beloved sport better."
‑ Kit Bowen,
"Not that this is a particularly dispicable film, it just doesn't try to do anything new and delivers mostly wooden performances."
‑ Andrew Rodgers,
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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