The Perfect Game
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William Dear (Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann) helms the period baseball drama The Perfect Game, a cinematization of real-life events that transpired in 1957. Clifton Collins Jr. stars as Cesar Faz, a 1950s baseball player who immigrated from Mexico to the U.S. with the intent of making it as a Major League player. After encountering racism and hostility that stand squarely in the way of his success, Faz high-tails it south of the border and decides instead to coach a Little League team, ultimately guiding it all the way to the Little League World Series. The film co-stars Emilie de… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Notable only for being a catalog of just about every kid-pic cliche' ever committed to film."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy based on the true-life story of scrappy young baseball players from Mexico."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The Perfect Game proves that you don't always have to reach for lofty heights to work. It's certainly not a classic. It's a simple pleasure for those times when that's all you need."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Packed with everything you'd want from an inspiring sports story. The pieces aren't put together as neatly as one would hope, but the film easily achieves the intended effect."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"This movie is what's known as family entertainment, which means in this case that it's interesting and harmless."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Director William Dear is not one to miss a sentimental beat."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"So overwhelmed by its own based-on-actual-events tale that it can't find the tone to tell it effectively."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"A welcome addition to the expanding genre of baseball films."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The Perfect Game is an earnest tribute, but the story could have been rendered more convincingly."
‑ Tim Avery, Christianity Today
"A perfect family movie."
‑ Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
"[From] the second minute of the movie I knew every single thing that was going to happen and there was not a single surprise."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"Anyone much older than, say, 10, will likely find the underdog saga sappy and manipulative, not to mention filled with sports movie cliches, including the following statement: "It will take a miracle to make them into a real team.""
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It's hard not to root for an underdog, especially a relentlessly optimistic one, and the reality is Game has a lot of heart. But not much in the way of legs."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"A very slow and terrible film. This little league baseball story is so full of holes, that even diehard fans of the game would be hard pressed to sit through it. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Sentimental, inspiring tale about Little League underdogs."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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