The Scout
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After several weeks filming The Scout in the late 1970s, star Peter Falk and director Howard Zieff abandoned the project. Two decades later, writer Andrew Bergman gave his original script to Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson, who polished it as a vehicle for Brooks and director Michael Ritchie. Brooks stars as Al Percolo, a talent scout for the New York Yankees whose latest recruit (Michael Rapaport) has just vomited on the field and fled. Sent to Mexico as punishment by his boss (Lane Smith), Percolo finds phenomenal young pitcher Steve Nebraska (Brendan Fraser). Before he can get back to the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Scout is the best comedy-fantasy about baseball ever made, which goes to show that if Hollywood keeps trying, eventually someone will get it right."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Rarely does a movie start high and go downhill so fast. It's as if the filmmakers progressively lost their nerve with every additional scene."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An amusing comic premise, mixing baseball and psychiatry, gets lost along the way in a film that displays much evidence of post-production tampering."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Having sat through many a Fraser film, I am constantly amazed that there is nothing this boy can't do. Well, except act his way out of a paper bag."
‑ Brant Bingamon, Austin Chronicle
"Even with the modest allure of Albert Brooks in what amounts to a mainstream effort, The Scout should get a quick trip to the showers."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"A genuine -- and immensely enjoyable -- curiosity."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Brooks is fun, nothing else in the movie is."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Baseball fans will hate The Scout because it makes a mockery of the game. Not quite as badly as Ed, which stars a monkey as the star pitcher, but close. Non-baseball fans will hate it because it's not funny."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"The Scout was directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Mr. Brooks and Monica Johnson from a script written by Andrew Bergman years ago. It's probably not all that valuable to wonder how so many talented people went so wrong."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"It's been a long time since there's been a good baseball movie. The Scout makes you wonder if there's ever going to be one again."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This is the laziest piece of work in the fall big-screen lineup so far."
‑ Shellie Iliff, Palo Alto Weekly
"The Scout proves to be an unsatisfying single that should have been a home run."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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