Moneyball Reviews

  • [It] may be the first baseball film to tap into the thrill of strategizing - of manipulated cause and effect - as entertainingly as you'd expect from a movie about chess or a casino heist.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • It gives Mr. Pitt, who hurtles through the movie, a chance to scat like a juiced-up Ella Fitzgerald, working his phones and seemingly every other general manager in the country, as he transforms a new baseball philosophy into action.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Baseball fans know this story, but Miller puts it all in fascinating context. This is a thinking person's baseball movie, a more complex version of the inspirational sports story.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Like a cold beer under a bluebird sky; like a flawless line drive on a warm summer's day; like a long, languorous seventh-inning stretch - "Moneyball" satisfies.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Moneyball'' is a hilarious and provocative change-up, entertaining without feeling the need to swing for the fences.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • It really happened, it's really corny, and it's really great.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • To say that "Moneyball" is "inside baseball" is to undersell the idea of that sentence. This extraordinary hybrid of a movie lives and breathes the game, yet its achievement is bigger than that.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • A deeply American film about a uniquely American sport in which a principled guy takes on the moneyed titans because he can't stand the unfairness of what they're doing to the game he still loves.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Smart, minor-key entertainment.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Pitt, who has a producing credit, is not the sole reason this tremendous -- yet intimate -- sports tale soars over the fences. The bench is deep. And the script has a powerful but finessed swing.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Remember those old '30s musicals that generated sizzle out of backstage machinations, charismatic producers conning investors and starstruck unknowns hitting the big time? That's how Moneyball plays...

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • One of the most soulful of baseball movies -- it confronts the anguish of a very tough game.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • A smart, intense and moving film that isn't so much about sports as about the war between intuition and statistics.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Everything in Beane's story and in "Moneyball" could've been rendered dull or sappy or both by a lesser director. It is, at heart, about a man out to redeem himself.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The real protagonist of Moneyball, however, is Beane himself, played with great charisma by Brad Pitt.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Don't be surprised to see Pitt in the best-actor Oscar race come the new year.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Pitt's Beane is as original a character as I've seen in a baseball drama.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Moneyball turns an unlikely subject interesting, making a professional sport the nexus where past and future collide.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • On some level "Moneyball" is about loyalty: loyalty to an idea, loyalty to a partnership forged by desperation, loyalty to the values you believe in.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • This is a subtle, elegant and altogether triumphant film about a subject I thought I was tired of, told with an artistry and freshness that is positively thrilling.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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