Trouble with the Curve
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Trouble with the Curve
Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus-who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat-refuses to be benched for what may be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams),… More
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"For all its occasional tin ear, Dr Phil dialogue, its contrivances and shortcuts, this remains a fundamentally sound and solid entertainment with a deep-rooted conviction that how we treat each other matters."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"Eastwood, in his 80s, looks a lot trimmer than some of the performers in this film half his age. He may be the only octogenarian actor who has to play older than his age to be convincing."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Long stretches of Trouble With the Curve make you wish you had other ways to occupy yourself."
‑ Perry Seibert, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"You'd have to be a meanie to let Curve's deficits overwhelm its many charms. The story is touching, funny when it needs to be, and might even leave you a little sad to see the baseball season end."
‑ Alynda Wheat, People Magazine
"Lacking narrative momentum, saddled with thin characterizations and uninspired plotting, Trouble With The Curve should've stayed on the bench."
‑ Benjamin Wright, The Playlist
"Eastwood and Adams do the best they can with the cornball sentimentality and cheesy dialogue, but first-time director Robert Lorenz merely photographs the on- and off-field action. Give it a pass."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Nobody would pay much attention to this plodding but good-hearted film if not for its star, Clint Eastwood, although he's just dialing in the go-to Cantankerous Old Man mode on which he has relied for a decade or so."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The good news is that Eastwood does his thing to perfection, Adams provides the spunky cuteness, and Timberlake couldn't scrub his eager charm off with a Brillo pad if he tried."
‑ John Wildman, Film Comment Magazine
"It is a funny world in which everyone always witlessly says what they mean, every life episode is dubiously calculated for your favorite character's benefit, and every incompetent person is also morally repellent and physically grotesque."
‑ Matthew Korfhage, Willamette Week
"The film doesn't ask you to do anything; it tells you what to feel, when to feel it, and lets you know that everything will play out just as expected so that you won't get startled."
‑ Jim Vejvoda, IGN Movies
"Lorenz ... lays in everything methodically, fully, but without much invention or energy; you can imagine each plot development ten minutes before it arrives."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"This isn't the worst performance Eastwood has given in his 57-year career, but it's his least inspired in about a decade."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Eastwood manages to maintain his decorum throughout, like some veteran pitcher who's lost the speed off his fastball and relies on a sneaky change-up. He does just a few things, but he does them remarkably well."
‑ Jay Stone, Canada.com
"The baseball motifs here serve a more corny story and predictable plot."
‑ Terry Staunton, Radio Times
"John Goodman weighs in with a nice cameo as Clint's old boss, but the rest is strictly relegation form."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
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