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The Rookie Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Even when there are lulls, the emotions seem authentic.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    The Rookie may be pushing buttons, but at least they're the right buttons.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Something particularly clean shines in this American fairy tale, a quality of simplicity that's almost as hard to achieve in such movies as a middle-aged man's boyhood dreams.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Quaid has long been a reliably likable actor, but this time he pitches a perfect performance -- no frills, no tricks, not a single false note -- in a film that's true to its stirring subject, and to the sweetest traditions of the game.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Sweet, engaging true story more appealing to tweens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this movie is rated G, it will not be of much interest to younger kids, since it deals primarily with an adult's pursuit of his career goals. Some kids might be upset by the scenes of Morris with his father, who is cold and unsympathetic, or by the financial problems faced by the family. There are references to divorce and remarriage.

  • Families can talk about our responsibility to help those we care about try to make their dreams come true and to share the dreams of those we love. What kinds of big dreams do you have? What about your family members?
  • Morris's father tells him that it is "okay to think about what you want to do until it is time to do what you were meant to do." How long and hard should you fight for a dream? How do you know when it is time to put a dream aside?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Intended to entertain, not educate, but with some positive social messages about setting goals and working toward them.

  • message true4

    Messages: This story teaches the importance of setting goals and having an unyielding faith in something.  Also, if you do not succeed; try again. And, one is never too old to follow their dream. 

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Jim Morris is an engaged teacher, an attentive father, and a loving husband. He teaches his students and his own children loyalty and the importance of having faith. 

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Not an issue

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Some kissing between husband and wife. 

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Ford trucks and Planters peanut logos are in the background. Frequent scenes with baseball brand names on bats and uniforms. 

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink casually after games. A few scenes take place in bars where the players toast with beer. A married couple shares a bottle of wine. No one gets drunk.