Movie Reviews: Trouble With The Curve

Trouble with the Curve isn't a great Clint Eastwood flick, critics agree, but he certainly gives a more effective performance in it than he did at the Republican National Convention earlier this month. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times calls it a superior entertainment, moving down somewhat predictable paths with an authenticity and humanity that appeals. Ebert's cross-town colleague, Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune, clearly has mixed feelings about the movie, summed up in the first words of his review in which he describes it as wholly predictable yet serenely enjoyable. That's the conclusion of a number of critics, including Peter Howell of the Toronto Star. While he finds the plot confusing, he nevertheless concludes that it's agreeable entertainment, and sums up: Trouble with the Curve is one of those easy-going old-time movies that they say studios don't make anymore. They still do on occasion, but you need a guy like Clint Eastwood to pull them off. And Kyle Smith in the New York Post writes similarly: Baseball movies tend to be lyrical, deeply felt, aggressively metaphorical and (consequently) terrible, but Trouble With the Curve has something most others lack: Eastwood's superb, cruel sense of humor. But Rex Reed of the New York Observer comments that the movie amounts to a minor entry, a cinematic footnote, in Eastwood's career. A star of this caliber has earned the right to an off-day at the movies, but I guess I have come to expect a whole lot more, he writes. And Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal dismisses the entire production as bush league all the way with an amateurish script that covers its baseball tale from some time warp where audiences still enjoy declamatory acting, mawkish sentiments and wheezy editing.


Tags: Clint Eastwood - Roger Ebert - Michael Phillips - Nevertheless - Rex Reed - Wall Street


More Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood: "Eli Wallach Was A Wonderful Guy and Actor"

Clint Eastwood has led the tributes to the late actor Eli Wallach - his co-star in the classic 1966 movie The Good, the Bad and...

'Think Like A Man Too' Set To Overtake '22 Jump Street' In Weekend Box Office?

Think Like A Man Too looks set to knock 22 Jump Street off the top of the US Weekend Box Office. The comedy, starring Kevin...

'Jersey Boys' Continues Flow From Stage to Screen

Movie producers are again turning to Broadway for source material for blockbusters, thanks to the mega-success of film adaptations like Mamma Mia and Les Miserables....

Clint Eastwood Opens Up On His Cameo in Jersey Boys

Clint Eastwood wasn’t perhaps the first name on everybodys' lips when the Jersey Boys movie adaptation was in its early stages, but the vetern actor-turned-director...


Jersey Boys Movie Review

Music-lover Clint Eastwood adapts the long-running stage musical for the big screen with mixed results: it recounts a terrific true story but has an uneven...

Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' Is Fun But Fails To Upstage Broadway

On the eve of the premiere of Clint Eastwood's movie adaptation of the Broadway hot musical, Jersey Boys, we thought we'd do a little snooping...

Clint Eastwood Doesn't Care Much For The Music of The Four Seasons

Despite having taken 'The Jersey Boys' from Broadway to the big screen, Clint Eastwood has admitted that he doesn’t really enjoy the music of Frankie...

Clint Eastwood Almost Hits The Right Notes with ‘Jersey Boys’. Almost.

Jersey Boys, Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the Tony Award winning musical, is among the new cinematic releases this weekend and the critics appear...



Clint Eastwood Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Clint Eastwood

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All