The Babe
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John Goodman is cast as the Sultan of Swat, whose excesses -- especially drinking -- and private demons can (in this context) be excused in view of his genuine love of baseball. The facts never get in the way of a good story for screenwriter John Fusco; we're even offered the umpteenth rehash of "Little Johnny", the largely fanciful tale of the invalid boy who promises to get well if Babe hits him a homer (as in Pride of the Yankees, the cured Johnny makes return a appearance as grownup). The most amusing fabrication is the casting of narrow James Cromwell as the Babe's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"John Goodman's performance deserves to be seen. I just wish I could say that for the rest of the movie."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Charts the life and exploits of America's first real superstar athlete."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Goodman as Babe Ruth has good moments."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A terrible bio-pic, almost as bad as William Bendix in The Babe Ruth Story; Goodman is all ham; inaccuracies abound; no real sense of the game is evident."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"The weakest baseball movie not to star Tom Selleck, Corbin Bersen, or a team of lovable black inner-city tots."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Not one of the best baseball biopics out there, but Goodman makes it fun."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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