'For Love of the Game' Critic Reviews

91%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
54%
Rotten Tomatoes:   78 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Depressingly, for a plot propelled by a love story, For Love of the Game sure strikes out when it comes to Billy and Jane's romance.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Lawrence Van Gelder New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Filmmaking, like baseball, is a team game, and sometimes even a talented lineup produces unexceptional results.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    For Love of the Gameis designed to put a baseball-sized lump in your throat. Well before that, however, you may feel like putting a lump on Kevin Costner's head.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The film comes across like the un-Bull Durham: Every woozy cliche that Shelton and Costner refrained from has been given pride of place here.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    38
    Thinking back through the movie, I cannot recall a single thing either character said that was worth hearing in its own right, apart from the requirements of the plot.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    For the first 100 minutes or so I found this hokey but serviceable; after that my watch became more meaningful than anything I could locate on-screen.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    Costner is as uneven as the storytelling itself, stone cold at moments, shimmeringly real in others.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    OK, Sam, maybe you believed you had to sell your soul to Hollywood. But did you have to sell it this cheap?
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    The director especially deserves credit for the verisimilitude of the baseball sequences.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    A perfect game in Yankee Stadium is no big deal these days; two have been pitched in the past 16 months. But a good baseball movie, that's hard.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Those who have even a small soft spot for baseball's soothing rhythms will be hard-pressed to resist it.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Sight and Sound
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Nash Three Movie Buffs
    63
    Like Billy this movie is good on the field, but not so much once off it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Maitland McDonagh TV Guide's Movie Guide
    63
    Memo to all involved: It's a game.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sarah Wenk Common Sense Media
    60
    An old-fashioned Hollywood sports story/romance.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    75
    Costner and Preston's convincing work together go a long way in keeping the audience interested and involved.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    60
    For Love of the Game is painless, but it's also pompous and pious about baseball in a way that doesn't mean much to a non-fan like me.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Time Out
    [The] game stretches over most of the film, but any anticipated suspense is undercut by the sepia-tinted inserts charting the couple's bumpy uninvolving five-year romance from first meeting to acrimonious split(s)
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    67
    Costner and company do a fine job getting you into the head of an aging sports idol at a pivotal moment in his life.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    59
    *For Love of the Game continually pushes its luck past the breaking point.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Apollo Guide
    67
    Like Chapel, Costner believes himself to be great, even when he's slowly getting worse.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Bob Longino Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    At two hours-plus, it doesn't just seem long, it sometimes feels like a double rain delay.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jeffrey Westhoff Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
    75
    While For Love of the Game has much to recommend it, particularly Costner's strong, understated performance, Raimi throws too many unnecessary curves.
    Full Review » 11 years ago