Eight Men Out
Eight Men Out (1988)

Writer/director John Sayles' dramatization of the most infamous episode in professional sports -- the fix of the 1919 World Series -- is considered by many to be among his best films and arguably the best baseball movie ever made. This… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 2, 1988
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Perhaps less than absorbing for non-baseball fans, but nevertheless underpinned by strong performances from the cast and John Sayles' solid direction.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The tone of Eight Men Out is reminiscent of the droll irony of John Huston's considerations of the vanity of human wishes and the corrupting power of money.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Eight Men Out never gathers much authority; the old themes have been hung on a rickety structure that constantly threatens to collapse.

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Judy Watson
United Press International

Aside from its moving study of greed, corruption and loss, the film provides a wonderful glimpse at life inthe post-World War I era.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

It's a period re-created with a whoosh of energy and a redeeming vein of irony.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

In an ensemble movie like this one, an actor who grabs too much of the limelight can throw everything out of focus. The cast Sayles has assembled understands the value of teamwork.

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Peter Travers
People Magazine

The light shed on this dark period of sports history makes Eight Men Out essential moviegoing. But what makes it heartbreaking is watching the toll taken on champions betraying their talent on a field of honor.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The ensemble performances are of such a uniformly high caliber that our interest in the story never wavers.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Sayles often seems like a man who, trying to stretch a single, gets caught between bases and is desperately trying to evade the rundown.

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

Unfortunately, the movie's didacticism returns in the lengthy and somewhat tedious courtroom ending dealing with the aftermath of the Series.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
Good sports movie with a great cast and realistic 1919 setting that unfortunately suffers from too many moving pieces, convoluting what is otherwise a… More
Aj V
This baseball drama is interesting, mostly because it's a true story, but also because it's got a lot of stars. The problem is, it gets really dull… More
Chris Weber
This is writer/director John Sayles's historical drama about the infamous Black Sox Scandal in which eight players from the Chicago White Sox were paid to… More
Tom Ericksen
Tis is a GREAT idealization (not always totally accurate) picture of what happened after the Black Sox scandle of 1919! Shoeless Joe belongs IN the Hall of… More
Ken Stachnik
Worth seeing even if you don't like baseball. Great performances all round. How can you not love Michael Rooker?
Todd Smith
Eight Men Out is the real life story of the 1919 Chicago White Sox's team that threw the world series for a big pay day. In the early 20th century,… More

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