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88
Boston Globe
After revitalizing baseball movies with "Field of Dreams" and "Bull Durham," he's now three for three with the funny, quirky, rueful, and richly textured For Love of the Game.
75
It is impossible to think of anyone but Costner in this role. His commitment and sincerity are never in doubt.
68
Mr. Showbiz
None of their efforts can turn this ho-hum, mildly entertaining line-drive single into a solid, explosive home run.
63
New York Daily News
It could do without any kind of love story, let alone the one it got.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Costner's determination to avoid change keeps this baseball movie at a low line drive when it might have knocked one into the bleachers.
50
USA Today
Tested my own love of the game more than anything since the time Roseanne screeched the national anthem.
50
Chicago Tribune
Much of this movie seems a crock.
50
Christian Science Monitor
This sentimental drama is wildly uneven as it switches between ballpark scenes, which are very involving, and romantic episodes, which are badly overplayed.
50
Miami Herald
The real love affair in For Love of the Game is between Costner and himself.
50
San Francisco Examiner
A piece of baseball fluff...Costner cinema, pure and simple.
40
Rolling Stone
Plays like an unholy union of "The Natural" and "The Prince of Tides." Too bad...Build a movie as a shrine to baseball and they will come. Suckers!

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