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Fever Pitch

6/10
Comedy . Drama . Romance
 

When relaxed and charming Ben Wrightman meets workaholic Lindsey Meeks she finds him sweet and charming, they hit it off and when it is winter Ben can spend every waking hour with Lindsey, but when summer comes around the corner Lindsey discovers Ben's obsession with the Boston Red Sox. She thinks it is perfect until everything goes downhill for them.

 
Actors: Jason Spevack , KaDee Strickland , Marissa Jaret Winokur , Ione Skye , Daniel Greene , Maureen Keiller , Jessamy Finet , Scott Severance , Jack Kehler , Jimmy Fallon , Drew Barrymore
Directors: Bobby Farrelly , Peter Farrelly
Country: USA , GERMANY
Release: 2005-04-08
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's been a while since a movie made the game of love this winning.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie has been directed by the Farrelly brothers...Here, they're sensitive and warm-hearted, never push too hard, empathize with the characters, allow Lindsey and Ben to become people we care about.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Baseball, Boston and Drew Barrymore. Certainly sounds like a winning combination.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The Farrelly brothers are growing up, which in this case isn't a bad thing. With a tacked-on ending made necessary by the Boston Red Sox's improbable World Series run last fall, Fever Pitch proves a charming romantic comedy against "A Beautiful Mind"-type framework.

    Variety Full Review
  • Allison Benedikt

    The gall of Peter and Bobby Farrelly. To think that a romantic comedy might work absent a sleazy wager or maddening miscommunication takes a lot of chutzpah.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Fever Pitch works. At times, it works brilliantly.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Effortlessly entertaining romantic comedy.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    A curious mix of smarts and schmaltz.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The picture's consistently entertaining and, though it has few brilliant comic peaks, it never plunges into boring valleys.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Ultimately goes the distance, it gets the job done with a halfhearted bunt rather than a solid line drive.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jean Oppenheimer

    Sails by on cute dialogue, some funny visual gags, and two enormously likable leads.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    Sweet and often hilarious.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    This is Hollywood Hornby: not terrible, but not worth crossing a busy street for, and nowhere near as memorable as what the Sox did last year.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Relationship comedy like this is mother's milk to Drew Barrymore, who, as usual, is adorable and perfect.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    By contrast, other Hornby screen adaptations are "About a Boy" and "High Fidelity"- superb comedies both and, in Fidelity's case, a treatise on male obsession with far more depth and even more laughs.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    As a motion picture, Fever Pitch is merely competent.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    If you're rooting for Barrymore and Fallon, then why not their team? In the movies, there are enough happy endings for everyone.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Miles Fielder

    Not a Farrelly brothers classic, and (some testicle-washing aside) not much in the way of their trademark gross-out humour, but the boys from Boston do an admirable job of transferring Hornby's story into the States and onto the baseball diamond.

    Empire Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Barrymore has rarely been so bright and effortlessly charming, but it's all lost on Fallon, who often resembles one of those unfortunate SNL guests who freeze up on live TV, completely out of their element. If Fallon wants a life after SNL, he might want to try another medium.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Still, despite the visual clumsiness and the production's tattered seams, I found myself rooting for this movie anyway, partly because Lindsey and Ben make a nice fit, as do the actors playing them, partly because the Farrellys bring so much heart to their movies, and partly because Ms. Barrymore inspires more goodwill than any other young actress I can think of working today in American movies.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    I prefer the Farrellys when they're disreputable and push the boundaries of taste, because they're otherwise a tad sentimental.

    Slate Full Review
  • David Denby

    Has a slapdash feeling to it.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    To call this "Farrelly brothers lite" may be a little redundant, but aside from the odd vomit gag, it goes relatively easy on their usual working-class taboo busting.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Passably entertaining.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The movie is so soggy and anonymous, I had to remind myself that the Farrelly brothers, Peter and Bobby, directed it. It's sad to watch the kingpins of gross-out try to dial down to cute. Swung at and missed.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Fever Pitch is surprisingly devoid of jokes, or romance, or any of the other basic elements you'd expect to find in a romantic comedy. The only thing the Farrellys get right is the obsession.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Rarely have filmmakers had a more wildly improbable happy ending forced on them. Well, you need all the help you can get, divine or otherwise, when your two stars - Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon - have no chemistry whatsoever.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A romantic comedy that flirts with something serious but never gets past the flirting stage.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    One-dimensional fluff piece.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Fever Pitch lacks that Farrelly spark, that warm, crazy glint.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    But the ickiest thing about Fever Pitch is its reverential Field of Dreams music.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    If anything, Fever Pitch will give Bosox fans one more chance to relive, in big-screen glory, those fleeting, flavorsome days.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Honestly, this movie would've worked a lot better had the Red Sox not won the World Series.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Unfunny, charmless and hopelessly ordinary.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    It's almost too dull to pan.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Ultimately, it's a bore. Don't see the movie – read the book, play the game.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    For all its various failures, Fever Pitch taps expertly into our nostalgia for an era when baseball really was the American pastime, unsullied by money, drugs or celebrity.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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