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.



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