The Rookie
The Rookie (2002)

Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 29, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A heart-warming sports flick, The Rookie greatly benefits from understated direction and the emotional honesty Dennis Quaid brings to the role of Jim Morris.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

At two-plus hours, The Rookie is a good 20 minutes too long, but for father-son teams waiting eagerly for the umpire's "Play ball!", it's an uplifting season opener.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

It's Quaid and his fellow actors, Rachel Griffiths and Brian Cox, who lift the film out of its intermittent doldrums, and together they deliver that rare thing: a nuanced sports movie.

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Richard Propes

Welcome back to the cinematic big leagues, Dennis Quaid, we've missed you!

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David Germain
Associated Press

Morris ultimately lasted two partial seasons in the majors, and the film's rendering of his minor-league struggle is so enjoyable you want to see more of that and less of the everyday life preceding it.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Until The Rookie came along, I'd forgotten how good and smart a family film can be.

Debbie Lynn Elias
Behind The Lens

Fathers and sons and baseball. There's no combination like it. The Rookie -- it's a swing -- it's a hit -- it's going, going, gone!!! A grand slam home run.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Though Hancock traffics in a lot of bogus small-town sentiment, The Rookie exhibits a refreshingly honest understanding of baseball as a job, with long road trips away from home and a workmanlike routine.

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Joe Leydon

Deftly constructed to stoke the baseball-phenom fantasies of coulda-shoulda-woulda middle-aged guys and fields-of-dreaming young diamond studs.

Leah Rozen
People Magazine

As Morris, the reliable Quaid throws heat, delivering smoothly in dramatic scenes and convincingly from the mound.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Filled with very solid performances by the entire cast, "The Rookie" presents the true story of a man who grew up as a kid, moving around with his… More
danny d
great, one of the great sports flicks
Alex roy
The Rookie is one of the few sports films that really doesn't do anything for me. The film is overly cliched and is more irritating and boring than… More
Jason Spencer
I'm a pretty big fan of Dennis Quaid so I watched it. It was pretty good. Not really original but it was nice to see.
Jay Hutchinson
Life is perfect, isn't it? There are no hitches, and it just moves along perfectly. That's how life is, right? Well, maybe in a Disney movie, but… More
Dannielle Albert
I'm not going to lie... I shed a tear or two.