For Love of the Game
For Love of the Game (1999)

This film takes a provocative look into the professional and personal passions of Billy Chapel, a legendary baseball pitcher nearing the end of his career who is forced to re-examine his priorities when confronted with unexpected… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 17, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Baseball wins, romance loses.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker

For Love of the Game asks whether the same qualities that make an athlete a champion don't also destroy his happiness. The answer, unfortunately, is long-winded and redundant... But some of the baseball scenes are good.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The baseball sequences are fabulous, not least because Costner looks and moves like a real player a rarity for actors in sports movies... But the love story, a five-year off-and-on affair, is little more than a sop to Costner's romantic faithful.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

"Bull Durham" is a more powerful movie than "For Love of the Game," so Kevin Costner might be better as a savvy minor league catcher than a hall-of-fame major league pitcher, but the fact is, Costner is simply and utterly baseballic. He's baseballerific.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

This is no perfect -- or even half-perfect -- game. It's another movie where conventions are subbed for life lessons, where the emotions are cued by golden oldies and where the motivation (at least on the studio's part) isn't love of the game but money.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

On the field, Costner is consistent, but his exploration of Billy's romantic dilemma is superficial and often wooden.

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Dennis Schwartz
Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Every scene away from the ballpark is in foul territory.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Here are two things that definitely don't go together: baseball and piano music.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Those flashbacks will drive you nuts. As if baseball didn't drag on long enough, almost every inning or out of that Yankees game is punctuated by a memory.

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Tom Sander
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Kevin Costner is back starring in his third baseball movie, and after those two box office home runs, Mighty Kevin has struck out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Vin Scully: The cathedral that is Yankee Stadium belongs to a Chapel. "Billy Chapel must choose between the woman he loves or the game he lives for."… More
Jason Spencer
A good sports movie but it's more of a drama about a guy that is nearing the end of his career. Costner plays the role well and the rest of the cast works… More
Manu Gino
Billy Chapel must choose between the woman he loves and the game he lives for. Saw it again! Absolutely love this movie. Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston… More
danny d
great flick, i love that kelly preston
Jason Owens
Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) is an aging major league pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Billy does everything he can to be the best at the only thing he really… More
Leigh Ryan
It was okay.

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