The Sandlot
The Sandlot (1993)

The Sandlot is a coming-of-age story about a group of young boys growing up in California in 1962. A new, shy boy (Thomas Guiry) moves into the neighborhood, where he is initially rejected by the local boys because he doesn't know how… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
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Critic Score
58%
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User Score
89%



Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may be shamelessly derivative and overly nostalgic, but The Sandlot is nevertheless a genuinely sweet and funny coming-of-age adventure.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

In The Sandlot's nostalgia for simpler times, a single-sex world seems to be a key component.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

There's a snappy change-of-pace gag involving a little guy and a nubile lifeguard, but the screams and barks and fraudulent emotions grow wearying.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a bonafide masterpiece that warrants admiration, even two decades after its release.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

The kids even have their own treehouse, which means that the production designer is the only person connected with this project who actually went out on a limb.

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Leonard Klady
Variety

Sweet and sincere, the film is also a remarkably shallow wade, rife with incident and slim on substance.

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James Plath
Family Home Theater

The Sandlot is just a fun, funny film that holds plenty of family appeal because it has a wholesome Norman Rockwell vibe and, as with any good sports film, you don't have to love the game to love the film.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

A solid double rather than a grand slam, The Sandlot remains a refreshing antidote to the daily round of contract squabbles on the sports page.

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Time Out

Ever since Stand by Me, it seems that every Boy's Own yarn is deemed incomplete without a nostalgic, pseudo-ironic voice-over waxing lyrical about the mythology of short pants and acne.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

You feel as if you're being smothered in cotton candy by a director obsessed with infantility and who cannot bear to face the reality of childhood.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
This film tells the story of how a Major League hero grew up with his friends in his old town, enjoying life and going through challenges, but ultimately… More
Alice Shen
Nothing much happens for the first half of the movie. The boys' personalities aren't distinct enough like the Little Rascals, so I lost interest.… More
Spencer Macklin
i like this movie cuz i like doggies and baseball
Eric Alvarez
Grew up on this amazing movie. It's always gonna be special to me.
Eric Shankle
Alongside "The Lion King" and "Toy Story", this is a film I grew up watching... many times. The plot is hilarious and there are many iconic… More
Jim Careter
The Sandlot is one of the greatest baseball and family movies of all time. Its got a great plot,, great characters, and it is a american classic.