Fever Pitch
Fever Pitch (1985)

A Los Angeles sports writer (Ryan O'Neil) becomes a little too involved with his work while researching an article on gambling. Quickly becoming a gambling addict, the writer is in danger of losing much more than he bargained for.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 1, 1985
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Brooks films the action in sharply defined images with spare and aggressive angles, conjuring the inner howls of conflicting desires tearing Steve and the sordidly glossy milieu apart during even the simplest of events.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

An old-fashioned and numbingly predicable problem pic of the kind that he used to do rather better.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Fights its own message of gambling as an addiction.

Variety Staff

Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O'Neal as a sports reporter hooked on the gambling game is wooden and unsympathetic.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

You could live a long time and never see anything as awful as Fever Pitch.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The opening segments of the movie are simply odd, distracting and unconvincing. It's the movie's final act that is sick.

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TV Guide

It waffles constantly, and we never know if the creators are for or against gambling.

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