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Million Dollar Arm

Drama . Biography . Sport

In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball’s next great pitcher from a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a fastball but know nothing about the game of baseball. Or America. It’s an incredible and touching journey that will change them all — especially JB, who learns valuable lessons about teamwork, commitment and family.

Actors: Al Sapienza , Bar Paly , Alan Arkin , Pitobash , Madhur Mittal , Aasif Mandvi , Suraj Sharma , Lake Bell , Bill Paxton , Jon Hamm
Directors: Craig Gillespie
Country: USA
Release: 2014-05-16
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  • Drew Taylor

    It's a different kind of Disney sports movie, more textured, gently spiritual and warmly idiosyncratic, but one that still, before the credits roll, will make you want to stand up and cheer.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Very funny underdog comedy that’s genuinely heartwarming and full of charm.

    Empire Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The filmmakers have cast their underdogs well: Madhur Mittal plays the anxious, upright Dinesh; Suraj Sharma is the loose-limbed, pizza-loving Rinku; and they’re both funny and endearing, two words that apply to the whole of the supporting cast.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Million Dollar Arm doesn’t break the familiar mold of come-from-behind sports movies — indeed, it obeys every convention of the genre. But it does so with understatement, style and an exceptional group of actors who bring just the right balance of humor and restraint to their roles.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    As predictable as a 3-and-0 pitch down the middle, but when it’s baseball season, who wants dark clouds?

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Due to its good humor and terrific story, Million Dollar Arm is always engaging; its power lies in its feel-good charm.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    McCarthy is following well-established story grooves here, but scene to scene, he allows the dialogue to breathe and reveal bits of character along with the more expedient bits of plot advancement.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It's a feel-good story that raises cultural questions that the film doesn't seem terribly interested in answering, and it feels like an easy triple in the grand Disney tradition.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Million Dollar Arm is cute, cloying, simplistic, borderline offensive … and thoroughly effective.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Most of all, though, there's the story itself, which was already pretty quirky -- and amazing -- even before Oscar-nominated screenwriter Thomas McCarthy ("Up") put pen to paper for director Craig Gillespe's film.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    You can see the stuff Million Dollar Arm throws at you from miles away, but that doesn't stop this baseball movie from being genially enjoyable.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Credit a rock solid turn by lead Jon Hamm that doesn’t shy away from revealing a darker underbelly to his underdog character, as well as a keenly-observed script by Tom McCarthy and deft direction by Craig Gillespie for the rewarding changeup.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Sometimes a hard-hitting expose, sometimes a big-hearted crowdpleaser, Million Dollar Arm wants it both ways to be sure, but its instincts are mostly right on the money, as are its actors.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    This is a film about a journey, and while the destination – baseball’s major leagues – is continuously dangled in front of its protagonists, it’s getting there that counts. Oh, and also how fast you can throw a ball. That counts, too. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    This movie is altogether too nice. I prefer sports movies with more sass and snap, like the films Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham”) used to make, or even parts of “Moneyball.”

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    It's the latest male weepie cast from the same Disney mold as "The Rookie and "Miracle," and it's essentially "Jerry Maguire Goes to Mumbai."

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Shawna Richer

    Where it falls short is that the film’s most compelling characters – Patel and Singh – are faintly unfinished and underexplored. It may well have worked better as pure documentary, and it will send many moviegoers on a mission to Google, where they will learn more about the real stars of the picture.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    When it focuses on the clash of cultures, laughs naturally flow. When it follows the familiar sports movie playbook too slavishly, it grows tedious.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Hamm is first-rate, his nuanced portrayal lifting the movie to the winner's circle.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's all very pleasant, very inspiring, just not very surprising.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    What keeps you watching is the charisma of the performers: Hamm does an amiable riff on his Don Draper persona (he’s cynical before the big melt), Lake Bell is a delight as his tart-tongued love interest, and Sharma and Mittal are all charm as the cultures-uniting underdogs.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    The potentially huge audience for Million Dollar Arm deserves a better movie, less derivative and cynical and more like something real.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The result is sappy, saccharine, and predictable to the point where it's almost painful.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    This supposedly uplifting true-life baseball tale never quite strikes the necessary emotional sweet spots that these types of inspirational sports movies shamelessly if effectively milk, despite a pitch with great potential. Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The movie is grimly efficient on its own terms, a string of ever more naked calculations. But it looks like a business school opened up and all the marketing grads were allowed to start their own studio.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    An unusual story and sharp talents have been put through the Disney family-film machinery and come out flattened into formula. It’s an average movie, and that isn’t bad — just average.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    How could a little story like this get stretched to 124 minutes? It's at least 30 minutes too long.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Million Dollar Arm is not just a Disney film, but a Disney film that could have been made, with minor elisions and different character names, in 1963. Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Million Dollar Arm is the kind of sports movie that crams everything subject-specific into quick-cut montages to make room for maudlin drama and fish-out-of-water comedy — a baseball flick where no one is actually shown playing baseball.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Dawdling along as it does, Million Dollar Arm rarely shows us the “juice,” a baseball comedy that is as tentative as a base on balls.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Nearly everything in this movie feels borrowed from other movies and ever so slightly reshaped, and almost never for the better.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Fatally mild, slow and factory-made, Million Dollar Arm belongs somewhere less competitive than the multiplex. Like the ABC Family Channel — the entertainment industry minor leagues.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    If the filmmakers had been more daring with perspectives and narrative structure, and afforded their Indian characters the screentime and agency JB enjoys on his adventure, Million Dollar Arm might have distinguished itself.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    This “based on a true story” underdog tale is infectiously determined to make you fall in love with it, like a mangy dog that plops its head in your lap and gazes adoringly at you until you scratch it behind the ears. Eventually, you give in and scratch. And then you wash your hands.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    Hamm and Alan Arkin's grouchy scout conclude these deals with unarguable professionalism, but we can spot the manoeuvres required to magic neocolonialist playbook into heartwarming fairytale.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Every conflict is softened by inspirational clichés.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    As slickly entertaining as you’d expect a Disney-produced inspirational sports movie to be. But it’s so lacking in sincerity and creativity that “inspirational” never rounds the corner to “inspiring.”

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The only splash of cold water comes from Lake Bell as J.B.’s bohemian tenant, who pops his bubble of self-importance (and the film’s) whenever she gets the opportunity... her chemistry with Hamm, who gives his slickster all the dimension he can, offers a nice relief from the broad culture comedy and sentimental button-pushing.

    The Dissolve Full Review
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