Review Roundup: JON HAMM Stars in Family Film MILLION DOLLAR ARM
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Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, the biographical sports drama Million Dollar Arm hits theaters today, May 16th. Based on a true story, the film focuses on baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who were picked up by sports agent J.B. Bernstein after winning in an Indian reality show competition designed to discover hidden atheletic talents.
Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film stars Mad Men's Jon Hamm, alongside Bill Paxton, Tom House, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, and Alan Arkin.
Let's see what the critics had to say!
Stephen Holden, The New York Times: Nor does "Million Dollar Arm" have the surreal exoticism and charm of its other obvious forerunner, "Slumdog Millionaire." This, after all, is a Disney family movie, and every conflict is softened by inspirational clichés.
Scott Foundas, Variety: 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.
Elizabeth Weitzman, The New York Daily News: Craig Gillespie's "Million Dollar Arm" is 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."
Jocelyn Noveck, The Huffington Post: And so it is with the Disney film "Million Dollar Arm," which makes a direct, uncomplicated, er, pitch for your heart - a pitch that will probably hit its mark, despite your best instincts telling you this movie should really be subtler at almost every turn.