The Sandlot
The Sandlot (1993)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 29, 2002
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Critic Score
57%
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User Score
89%


Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may be shamelessly derivative and overly nostalgic, but The Sandlot is nevertheless a genuinely sweet and funny coming-of-age adventure.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

In The Sandlot's nostalgia for simpler times, a single-sex world seems to be a key component.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Leonard Klady
Variety

Sweet and sincere, the film is also a remarkably shallow wade, rife with incident and slim on substance.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

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.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Time Out

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.

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Several of the hard issues involving childhood -- getting accepted in a new neighborhood, getting accepted buy a new stepdad -- are handled with sensitivity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
This film tells the story of how a Major League hero grew up with his friends in his old town, enjoying life and going through challenges, but ultimately… More
Alice Shen
Nothing much happens for the first half of the movie. The boys' personalities aren't distinct enough like the Little Rascals, so I lost interest.… More
Spencer Macklin
i like this movie cuz i like doggies and baseball
Eric Alvarez
Grew up on this amazing movie. It's always gonna be special to me.
Eric Shankle
Alongside "The Lion King" and "Toy Story", this is a film I grew up watching... many times. The plot is hilarious and there are many iconic… More
Jim Careter
The Sandlot is one of the greatest baseball and family movies of all time. Its got a great plot,, great characters, and it is a american classic.

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