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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"It's a movie that should have been called on account of boredom."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"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
"Big chunks of plot seem to be missing, as if left on the editing-room floor so that director Mike Tollin, in his feature debut, can get to yet another inspiring speech."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"The film is as predictable as the outcome of a New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Devil Rays game, but you can bet nobody will be standing up to do the wave."
‑ Smriti Mundhra, IGN Movies
"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
"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
"It's a baseball romance with precious little baseball and only the most insipid, by-the-numbers kind of romance."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Not even a cast of fresh-faced acting hotshots can give flavour to this bland and undistinguished teen sporting romance."
‑ Sloan Freer, Radio Times
"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,
"Maybe the filmmakers figured that the audience for Summer Catch is too young to have seen Bull Durham."
‑ Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press
"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
"This is the WB version of a baseball movie. Everyone is young, toned, sexually active and agonizes over their future."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"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
"The element of Summer Catch that sours it all for good is that so many actors decided it would be a good idea to be in this film."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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