Knuckleball! Reviews

  • A first-rate sports documentary in any season.

    Neil Genzlinger — New York Times

  • The sweet achievement of "Knuckleball!," Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's documentary about this quixotic pitch and the quixotic men who throw it, is that it gives both sides equal play.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • I could watch Phil Niekro reminisce about being owned by Bill Buckner for days. If you know what that means, you probably could, too.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • With elements of "Moneyball" and a twist of the narrative arm, this look at how Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey became knuckleball experts is a real kick.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Immediately leaps near the top of the list of greatest baseball documentaries.

    Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com

  • Well-produced sports doc puts viewers in the pitchers' shoes.

    John DeFore — Hollywood Reporter

  • The charming Knuckleball finds something universal here, about obsession, talent, perseverance and, rarest of all, good sportsmanship.

    Greg Evans — Bloomberg News

  • Knuckleball! is more than enjoyable if you are a fan of the game of baseball. And while it wouldn't be an obvious win for the uninitiated, Wakefield and Dickey do not make it difficult for the viewer to cheer for them.

    John Wildman — Film Comment Magazine

  • A microcosm of baseball itself, the knuckleball is a cruel, unpredictable thing.

    Rob Boylan — Orlando Weekly

  • Nonfans, however, are about to find out exactly what the phrase inside baseball means.

    David Fear — Time Out

  • The knuckleball is something like the quintessence of baseball, the ineffable and the impossible, pursued again and again. The film makes this magic part especially visible, in slow motion sequences and archival game tapes, nostalgia and reverie.

    Cynthia Fuchs — PopMatters

  • Watching R.A. Dickey become one of the biggest sports celebrities in New York was about as welcome a surprise as a knuckleball that floats and drops under the batter's swing.

    Jordan Hiller — Bangitout.com

  • An uplifting documentary about perseverance and determination reminds us that the national pastime still offers old-school heroes.

    Rex Roberts — Film Journal International

  • There's plenty of real drama in this movie without Stern and Sundberg having to pump it up.

    Noel Murray — AV Club

  • Considers one of baseball's greatest quirks with good humor and a glancing touch.

    Scott Tobias — NPR

  • For a film that's centered around such a silly-looking pitch, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's documentary is packed with considerable drama.

    Michael C. Walsh — Boston Phoenix

  • This chronicle of two athletes throwing baseball's funkiest, least respected pitch is given depth by their stranger-than-fiction underdog status and camaraderie with mentors who've had the same struggles.

    Bill Weber — Slant Magazine

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