Summer Catch
Summer Catch (2001)

This blend of sports and youthful romantic comedy is from director Michael Tollin, who previously produced the sports drama Varsity Blues (1999). Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Ryan Dunne, a ballplayer who's spending the summer as a… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 24, 2001
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 8% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A cliched and predictable sports comedy that's mostly devoid of excitement or laughs, Summer Catch is strictly bush-league.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

It's a movie that should have been called on account of boredom.

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Joe Leydon

When it comes to funny business, Tollin's got game, and he makes the most of some talented supporting players on his bench.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Big chunks of plot seem to be missing, as if left on the editing-room floor so that director Mike Tollin, in his feature debut, can get to yet another inspiring speech.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

As the script works toward its big-game finale, it pauses now and then to rip off Bull Durham, to let Biel spout Successories-worthy words of encouragement, and to touch on subplots involving Prinze's familiar-faced teammates.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

[An] awful light drama.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

It's a baseball romance with precious little baseball and only the most insipid, by-the-numbers kind of romance.

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Malcolm Ritter
Associated Press

Maybe the filmmakers figured that the audience for Summer Catch is too young to have seen Bull Durham.

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James Berardinelli

Because I'm a baseball fan, I tend to be an easy mark for baseball-themed movies, but something as badly focused and feebly scripted as Summer Catch just makes me wish for the Fall.

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine

This is the WB version of a baseball movie. Everyone is young, toned, sexually active and agonizes over their future.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Cute film but not much really to it.
Rachel F
It was ok.
Lenny Muggsy
Freddy and Matthew Lillard two of the worst actors since the millennium. Brittany Murphy awful, Jessica Biel good lawd shawty, but movie is pretty bad.… More
Deb S
Summer Catch is a really fun sports movie starring Freddie Prinze Jr., gorgeous Jessica Biel, Matthew Lillard as the comic relief....I find this guy hilarious… More
Dean McKenna
Class consciousness sustains the primary drama in this well-intentioned little tale. Freddie Prinze Jr. plays a blue-collar kid from Cape Cod who joins a roster… More
Lee Kyle
Aside from Jessica running around in this in underwear or bathing attire this movie totally sucked.

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