The Rookie
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The true story of a middle-aged baseball rookie comes to the screen from Finding Forrester (2000) screenwriter Mike Rich and the studio behind the previous year's equally inspirational sports drama Remember the Titans (2001). Twelve years ago, the pro baseball aspirations of Texas pitcher Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) were derailed by a severe shoulder injury. Jim became a high school science teacher and baseball coach, married his sweetheart, Lorri (Rachel Griffiths), and settled down to raise a family. After corrective surgery repairs, despite the longstanding damage to his shoulder, Jim… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's Quaid and his fellow actors, Rachel Griffiths and Brian Cox, who lift the film out of its intermittent doldrums, and together they deliver that rare thing: a nuanced sports movie."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"All the uplift could easily get cloying, but director John Lee Hancock knows how to keep things in control, and the whole is surprisingly satisfying."
‑ Hank Sartin, Chicago Reader
"The Rookie is shot through with star-spangled sentiment, but its light touch and "true story" origins combine to make it feelgood fun even for schmaltz-phobic Brits."
‑ , Total Film
"Sweet and engaging despite some flaws."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Earnest to the point of blandness."
‑ , Film4
"Until The Rookie came along, I'd forgotten how good and smart a family film can be."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"If they gave an Oscar for Best Performance in a Mediocre Movie, Dennis Quaid should already be clearing his mantelpiece."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Slow moving, even pedestrian at times, yet this Dennis Quaid vehicle cranks out a lot of genuinely heartwarming moments along the way."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"In one of his greatest performances, Dennis Quaid puts nasty velocity and wicked movement on his delivery. A patient, emotionally honest sports film about resurrecting a dream and investing all you never knew you had."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The Rookie is one of those rare, wonderful 'formula' films that ... favors understatement over exaggeration, subtlety over sentimentality."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Deftly constructed to stoke the baseball-phenom fantasies of coulda-shoulda-woulda middle-aged guys and fields-of-dreaming young diamond studs."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"You can see why the filmmakers optioned the story from a Sports Illustrated article: It just works."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Earnest, uplifting baseball melodrama"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It spreads the inspirational butter thicker than the diamond action and buries the school team beneath Morris' quest for a new career, but develops a lyrical sense of what it's like to resurrect self-worth and chase one's dreams."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"I would almost rather have seen an A&E biography than a concocted Hollywood parable of unrealized dreams."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
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