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Moneyball Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

Weird science. Read full review

4.0

Grae Drake Profile

Oscarball. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    87

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Never before, though, have statistics added up to such electrifying entertainment. After the mostly minor-league productions of recent months, this movie, which was directed by Bennett Miller, renews your belief in the power of movies.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie does achieve something nearly impossible: Someone who doesn't even like the sport may care about Billy Beane and the 2002 Oakland Athletics.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The supporting cast is strong, as is the deft, sharply witty script. Miller directs elegantly, letting the narrative unfold at a deliberate, artful pace.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The supersmart and rousing Moneyball, which may be the best baseball movie since "Bull Durham," is also about talk, but in a coolly heady and original inside-the-front-office way.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Fantastic, inspiring baseball drama covers all its bases.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this inspiring, intelligent film based on Michael Lewis' bestselling non-fiction book stars Brad Pitt as a professional baseball manager who tries to reinvent the art of recruiting players. It's an incisive look at the classic game that -- thanks to pretty tame content aside from some swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), social drinking, and references to Las Vegas -- is age-appropriate for older tween sports movie fans and up. Plus, it has a strongly positive message about committing to a course of action and seeing it through no matter what.

  • Families can talk about the movie's message. How do you know how far to take an idea or plan that you believe in? Is there a way to know for sure whether an idea is a good one?
  • What is the movie saying about the world of professional baseball? What are the motivations of the owners? What about the managers and players?
  • How does the movie portray technology? Do you think statistics are the best way to find talented athletes? Or are there other factors that coaches should consider?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: The movie has a pretty inspiring central message: Commit to a course, and don't let anyone shake you.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Billy is guided by an inner compass that he trusts, and he's willing to put his faith in a system because he believes in the employee who devised it. He's also a visionary, finding a way to remake a game that's been played the same way for decades.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: One character throws things around -- and even upends tables -- when he's anxious and frustrated.

  • sex false-1

    Sex: A verbal reference to a character enjoying the naughty pastimes of Vegas.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes a couple of uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "hell," "d--k," "a--hole," "crap," and "damn."

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Lots of logos/labels on T-shirts, sporting equipment, and the like: Puma, MetRX, Clif, Gap, Gatorade, Rawlings, Pepsi, Oracle, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking in social situations. A few times, a character nurses a drink alone. References to how one character loves Vegas and got drunk there.

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