The Babe
The Babe (1992)

John Goodman is cast as the Sultan of Swat, whose excesses -- especially drinking -- and private demons can (in this context) be excused in view of his genuine love of baseball. The facts never get in the way of a good story for… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 17, 1992
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

It's not a bad movie. But its sentiments are faster than its reflexes. By the time it tries to uncoil a home-run swing, the ball has already vanished.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

An honestly unheroic view of a hero, with a grand-slam performance by John Goodman.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Ninth-inning attempts to probe the darker side of Ruth's life and his shabby treatment at the hands of baseball during his declining years are no more compelling than the rest of this by-the-numbers bio.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Goodman should have been perfect for the title role: like Ruth, he's a regular Joe of hugely irregular proportions in appetite and accomplishment. Too bad Hiller and Fusco cut him down to size.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What could have been the Raging Bull of baseball movies becomes the nibble of a mouse on the legend of a giant.

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Gordon Edes
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

While Goodman renders a portrait of Babe Ruth that in some ways is bigger than the Bambino himself, the film fails to arouse the imagination of its audience the way the ballplayer thrilled his more than 60 years ago.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It doesn`t matter that these things really happened, because the thin staging and sentimental exaggeration make them seem extremely phony in any case.

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Misha Berson
Seattle Times

Thanks to Goodman and the great Ruth mystique, The Babe does maintain a median level of entertainment. But somehow you want a movie about a fellow this big-natured and mythic to hit a home run. What we have here is more of a solid base hit.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

It's a movie with a heart as big as the Babe's and a story line as untidy as his eating binges.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
There Was Only One. Good baseball movie! This film was genuinely uplifting and to all who only saw the negative side of this film, shame on you. John Goodman… More
danny d
its been a while but i remember liking this movie. john goodman is always good and the babe is a good time. while liking this flick, it was fairly… More
Alex roy
Considering that Babe Ruth is the greatest Baseball player that ever lived, you'd think that a film on his life would a memorable and highly entertaining… More
Todd Smith
As a life long Yankees fan, I have read a lot about, and admired Babe Ruth, since I was very young, but I never saw the film based on his life. I heard nothing… More
Tim Salmons
John Goodman turns Babe Ruth into an asshole - pretty much sums up the film.
Stephen Skudlarek
Possibly the worst sports film I have ever seen. Goodman is absolutely dreadful and full of more ham than an entire delicatessen. Frankly, this film is an… More