From its jokey, one-note characters to its endless baseball montages, A League of Their Own is all flash, all surface: It's a great big trailer for itself.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
One of the year's most cheerful, most relaxed, most easily enjoyable comedies. It's a serious film that's lighter than air, a very funny movie that manages to score a few points for feminism in passing.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
Marshall gums it all up in hokey sentiment.
Joe Brown - Washington Post
Graced by Davis and enlivened by Lovitz and the ensemble cast, it sends us home feeling a little higher, with visions of peanuts and Cracker Jack floating in our heads.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
This movie aims for the tear ducts and the funny bone as ruthlessly as the big action-fantasy hits go after the viscera.
Michael Sragow - New Yorker
The movie has a real bittersweet charm.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Few of the other performers make an impression. A director who can lose Madonna in a crowd can't be said to appreciate charisma.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Tribune
Deftly structured by director Penny Marshall and writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to resemble a 40s musical (albeit, somewhat anachronistically, one in 'Scope); the rest is mainly streamlined and spirited teamwork.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Hits about .250 with a few RBI, but more than its share of strikeouts.
Variety Staff - Variety
What does it say about today's Hollywood when the most interesting character in a movie about a women's baseball team turns out to be a man?
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Energetic, full of goodwill and good feelings, it never quite attains the graceful nonchalance and self-confidence with which finely tuned athletes -- and comedies -- move and enchant us.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
At her best, Marshall captures the camaraderie of these women in ways that rip the film out of its cliched roots.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Though amusing enough to avoid absolutely drowning in schmaltz, it's sad to see a film with potential lose its way in the late innings.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Marshall's methods overwhelm the material, and what emerges is a movie utterly without personality. A unique chapter in American history becomes a movie as ordinary as they come.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Part history, part comedy, and part soap opera, A League of Their Own casts a pretty wide net. For the most part, it's a net that's good fun to get caught in.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
It's a cinematic home run, certain to please filmgoers who don't know a catcher's mitt from an oven mitt.
Candice Russell - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Marshall's finest hour as a filmmaker, capturing audience-pleasing moments with assurance, while also paying careful attention to the vulnerabilities of the characters.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The agenda here is clearly along the lines of good-natured vignettes, smart one-liners and a healthy dose of heartstring tugging.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
Terrific tweens-and-up story of women's baseball.
Ellen MacKay - Common Sense Media
It serves up good-natured entertainment, if you're in the mood, but be prepared to swallow a generous helping of sickly-sweet sentimentality along with the laughs.
As uneven as an amateur baseball game.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
The idea of Penny Marshall's sentimental comedy--an all-American Girls Professional Baseball League in WWII--is so good that you wonder why no one has thought about it before; in the lead, Geena Davis is charming, and so is Tom Hanks.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
the film combines humor, historical trivia, and the thrill of baseball to create a fully entertaining, fictional tale
Douglas Pratt - DVDLaser
Scriptwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel neglect the ensemble, emphasising a sense of historical occasion over character development.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Enjoyable enough as a baseball comedy, even though Marshall overplays the drama.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
An engagingly old fashioned and family-friendly comedy.
Jesse Hassenger - PopMatters
entertaining but a bit sweet
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Layered comedy-drama is worthwhile viewing
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A League of Their Own still stands out because there are elements in it that everyone can enjoy, whether they like or loathe sports.
Pete Croatto - Filmcritic.com
"There's no crying in baseball!"
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
One of the best baseball movies of all times; just remember, there's no crying in baseball!
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
An excellent comeback vehicle for Hanks, and a good film, overall.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
It is a fitting tribute to those who played and those who kept the league going for over 10 years.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
This was probably supposed to be a feminist manifesto, but the men steal the picture.
Brad Laidman - Film Threat
A well-performed, snappily written and well-intentioned piece of entertainment that, surprisingly, has some historical information and a gently pitched line of social commentary running through the comedy.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Watchable, star-studded fluff
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Why is this movie so much more entertaining than it has any right to be?
Stephen Farber - Movieline
Considerable money and effort was lavished on this production, but problems in the script diminish the effort.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The result is an enjoyable, if lightweight comic fiction.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The story of the short-lived women's baseball league gives Marshall the opportunity to examine the roots of modern feminism and have a darn fine time doing it.
Kathleen Maher - Austin Chronicle