Trouble with the Curve Reviews

  • Even those who don't know a foul tip from a chicken wing will be able to spot the desperate plays.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The pat and occasionally preposterous story is really just a pretext, a serviceable scaffolding for a handful of expert, satisfying performances.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Its title notwithstanding, there's nothing that remotely approaches a narrative curve ball in this tired saga of an aging baseball scout.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • What promised to be a modest, refreshingly unforced little comedy turns out to be low energy to a fault.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • In one of the film's weirder moments, Lorenz uses a shot from "Dirty Harry" for a flashback sequence, and it's almost more resonant than this small, flat-footed film can hold.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Conscientiously pulls out conflicts and then dutifully tucks in those loose ends, never making a point in any way that might puzzle the slowest audience member.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Eastwood, well, is Eastwood. In filmmaking, at least, he's sure of what he's doing. As a director, he remains challenging; merely acting in "Curve," he knows what the crowd wants, from threats to punks to soliloquies muttered through clenched teeth.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • I'd call it "Neanderthalball."

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Muttering in a hoarse whisper, stooping just a bit, [Eastwood] finds an angry grace and pathos more satisfying than anything else in this grooved fastball of a movie.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • If you give it a chance to work its quiet magic, it might make your day.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The Eastwood/Adams interplay is absolutely great, laugh-out-loud funny a lot of the time and quietly moving when it needs to be.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Lorenz ... lays in everything methodically, fully, but without much invention or energy; you can imagine each plot development ten minutes before it arrives.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Any Eastwood film is notable above all for its professionalism. If the story here has certain foreseeable moments, that's not to say they aren't set up well and deliver right on time.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Of course the movie is sentimental. A fairy tale? Yes, it's that too. Satisfying? Yep.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Robert Lorenz, Eastwood's longtime assistant director, moves up to the lead spot but can't do anything with Randy Brown's ham-fisted script.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The good news is that this daddy/daughter reconciliation story connects with the ball. The not-so-good: It's a blooper.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Trouble With the Curve" is an absolute home run, the total package of charming romantic comedy, poignant family drama and superb acting.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's the first time Eastwood has acted since "Gran Torino" in 2008, and it's nice to be reminded that there is a reason he has been a movie star all these years.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Half domestic family drama, half gentle sports saga with the saga part missing, Trouble with the Curve is less riveting than it ought to be.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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