The Rookie
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Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship, Jim will try out with a major-league organization. The bet proves incentive enough for the team, and they go from worst to first, making it to state for the first time in the history of the school. Jim, forced to live up to his end of the deal, is nearly laughed off the try-out field--until he gets onto the mound,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At two-plus hours, The Rookie is a good 20 minutes too long, but for father-son teams waiting eagerly for the umpire's "Play ball!", it's an uplifting season opener."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"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
"As Morris, the reliable Quaid throws heat, delivering smoothly in dramatic scenes and convincingly from the mound."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"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
"Morris ultimately lasted two partial seasons in the majors, and the film's rendering of his minor-league struggle is so enjoyable you want to see more of that and less of the everyday life preceding it."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Until The Rookie came along, I'd forgotten how good and smart a family film can be."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Refreshing and compelling."
‑ Glen Oliver, IGN Movies
"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,
"Though Hancock traffics in a lot of bogus small-town sentiment, The Rookie exhibits a refreshingly honest understanding of baseball as a job, with long road trips away from home and a workmanlike routine."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"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
"This entry in the genre is a true story that is, sadly, hampered by some signposted plot developments and undernourished characters."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"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
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