Bull Durham
Bull Durham (1988)

A blend of comedy, drama and romance, Bull Durham follows the intertwining of three lives brought together by the great American pastime. Crash Davis (Kevin Costner, showcasing his Midwestern charm) is a perennial Minor Leaguer assigned to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 15, 1988
DVD Release Date: October 28, 1998
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kevin Costner at his funniest and most charismatic in Bull Durham, a film that's as wise about relationships as it is about minor league baseball.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Screwball Annie and hardball Crash aren't playing the same game, which is Shelton's conceit as well as a possible screen-writing miscalculation.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Rather than a vapid national epic, it is a warm, droll, deftly cracked romantic comedy.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Writer-director Ron Shelton tells a wonderful story of how a veteran ballplayer and up-and-comer collide in the world of the minor leagues, and how they are loved by a baseball groupie who's also a philosopher and poet.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed the film, displays a knowledge of and affection for the national pastime. You can see it in the knowing detail he brings to even the minor characters.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The acting in Bull Durham cannot be faulted and should be remembered at Oscar time. Sarandon has one of the juiciest female roles in years and she makes you think no one could play it better.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Does an impressive job picking up the mundane world of bush league baseball in spirit.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

[Shelton is] uncanny at putting us inside his players' heads when they're on the mound or up at bat, running their private litanies of encouragement and subversion to psych themselves up.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Shelton locates the tension and the humor between pitches, between ball games, between the sheets. It helps too that he has written the wittiest, busiest screenplay since Moonstruck, and that his three stars do their very best screen work.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It's not just the screenplay, it's the performances and direction that make this film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
One of the best baseball movie ever made. Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner are awesome!!!
Jennifer Xu
A sexy romp in the baseball field, refreshing and crisp. It did stagnate a bit but the three leads are pretty darn incredible.
Alice Shen
The grooming relationship between the classy, seasoned catcher, Crash, and the callow, rookie pitcher, Nuke, is funnier, more exciting, and more heartwarming… More
Aj V
An amusing and entertaining love triangle story with good actors, and it's a baseball movie at the same time. I liked it.
Jim Careter
Bull Durham is a genius sports film and one of the greatest sports films ever made. Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon play three genius… More
Derek A
<i>"There's no guilt in baseball, and it's never boring... which makes it like sex. There's never been a ballplayer slept with me who… More