Hardball (2001)

Television actor-turned-director Brian Robbins follows up Varsity Blues (1999) and Ready to Rumble (2000) with another sports comedy. Keanu Reeves stars as Conor O'Neill, an underachiever and inveterate sports gambler who needs a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 14, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although Hardball contains some touching moments, they are not enough to transcend the sports formula.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A smarmy proposition passing itself off as family fun in the style of The Bad News Bears.

Robert Koehler

There's no cork inside Hardball, but there's more than enough corn.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A charming sports drama that's more about humanity than the joy of winning.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

Works where it counts, on the emotional level.

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Norman Wilner
Toronto Star

There's nothing wrong with a good cry, or a good cliche, and Hardball offers both by the barrel.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Had Paramount played more team ball, they coulda been a contender

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Does surprisingly few lurches as it walks the tightrope between urban realism ... and family entertainment.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Just dreadful.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This umpire calls Hardball out at first base.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
It's an incredibly dumb urban sports movie that tries to cover racism and male comradery. Keanu Reeves plays a gambling low life who gets stuck coaching… More
Jason Spencer
This is a really dark movie really. The main guy is in the dumps in a bad way and he hooks up with inner city kids to play baseball. He is pretty much a… More
Dean McKenna
This hard-edged little dream deserves plenty of credit for avoiding the light comedy and fairy-tale conclusions by which underdog sports sagas usually are… More
danny d
not bad, diane lane was good in this one
Daniel Perry
It took me a week to come out with a rating on this one, and I still can't decide whether it's a pretty good movie with some really bad parts, or a… More
Mouhannad Sawas
Hardball is a totally predictable film from start to finish. While the young boys gave excellent efforts in their roles and Keanu was his usual outstanding… More