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Field of Dreams Review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is the kind of movie Frank Capra might have directed, and James Stewart might have starred in - a movie about dreams.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Imagine: a pseudo-intellectual baseball fantasy loaded up, like a spitter, with seductive sentiment. You can distrust the mix, but still like the movie - and I do. [21 Apr 1989, Life, p.D1]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    As shrewd and accomplished as the movie is, there's still something uncomfortably manipulative about it... It doesn't explore its primal theme as much as it exploits it, tapping into the automatic, nearly universal power of guilt and regret. [21 Apr 1989, Friday, p.A]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Baseball crowd pleaser with a supernatural twist.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this story about following your dreams and reconciling relationships could appeal to young teens, older teens, and adults, especially families who like baseball. Some positive messages about tolerance and believing in yourself go along with a bit of strong language ("s--t" and "son of a bitch"). There are a couple references to past drug use, as well as a couple tense scenes.

  • Families can talk about dreams. How do you know when to follow a dream that seems crazy or foolish? What thoughts go into weighing the risks of certain choices? Is there a way to know for sure whether an idea is a good one?
  • How did Ray's experience with the baseball field help him heal his pain related to his relationship with his father? What could you do to mend some family wounds?
  • What kinds of stereotypes are discussed or displayed in this movie?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: This is a story about following your dreams, even if everyone thinks you're crazy. Reconnect with loved ones any way you can.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Ray and his wife are under a lot of financial stress, but they take the time to listen to their young daughter when she suggests what they should do to earn income. Annie speaks out against closed-mindedness and censorship, and is not afraid to ruffle some feathers in the process.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Main character hears ghostly voices and sees things that other people cannot see. Terry threatens to beat Ray if he does not leave Terry's house. A child falls from the top of a bandstand and is knocked unconscious. She recovers without any injury. No fighting, no blood.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Adults kiss in bed.

  • language false3

    Language: Moderate use of words like "ass," "hell," "damn," "piss off." Infrequent use of "s--t," "son of a bitch"

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Signs that advertise Coca-Cola, Polaroid, Michelin, and Citgo. Some Coca-Cola products are used.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Ray talks about how he "smoked some grass" during the '60s in college. When his wife suggests he is having an acid flashback, Ray responds: "But I never took acid." Men drink beer at a baseball game