The Sandlot
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The Sandlot is sparsely narrated by the main character (now an adult) who occasionally drops in on the action to comment on events or help move the story along. Tom Guiry plays Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid on the block who wants to join the rowdy pickup baseball team that plays every day in the neighborhood sandlot. But he doesn't know how to catch a baseball, and his stepfather (Dennis Leary) is too busy to teach him. He tries out for the sandlot gang anyway, and though he isn't very good, it turns out he's lucky: there happen to be only eight of them, and nine makes a team. The… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In The Sandlot's nostalgia for simpler times, a single-sex world seems to be a key component."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"There's a snappy change-of-pace gag involving a little guy and a nubile lifeguard, but the screams and barks and fraudulent emotions grow wearying."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"You feel as if you're being smothered in cotton candy by a director obsessed with infantility and who cannot bear to face the reality of childhood."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"The Sandlot is a safe, wholesome, patriotic family picture about baseball, and if there is an original scene, it escaped my attention."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"For kids of the 1990s, there is no greater baseball movie than this coming-of-age tale about a lonely fifth-grader who makes lifelong friends by playing neighborhood baseball games."
‑ Phil Villarreal, COED.com
"The kids even have their own treehouse, which means that the production designer is the only person connected with this project who actually went out on a limb."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"Sweet and sincere, the film is also a remarkably shallow wade, rife with incident and slim on substance."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Any of Charles Schulz's baseball-oriented Peanuts strips contains more understanding of baseball and more insight into children, as well as more pointed fun."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"In this well-crafted movie, a strong cohesive ensemble makes the team likable. Guiry as Scotty is especially good."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This is a movie for anyone who has ever loved baseball and for anyone who enjoys the American Graffiti/Stand by Me style of narrative. Highly recommended."
‑ Jeremy Conrad, IGN Movies
"A solid double rather than a grand slam, The Sandlot remains a refreshing antidote to the daily round of contract squabbles on the sports page."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ever since Stand by Me, it seems that every Boy's Own yarn is deemed incomplete without a nostalgic, pseudo-ironic voice-over waxing lyrical about the mythology of short pants and acne."
‑ , Time Out
"Several of the hard issues involving childhood -- getting accepted in a new neighborhood, getting accepted buy a new stepdad -- are handled with sensitivity."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"'The Sandlot' always struck me as a more kid-friendly version of 'Stand by Me.'"
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The comedy is broad, cartoonish, and quite funny in a faux Little Rascals manner. The movie is almost completely derivative, but that's part of the fun."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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