Review Roundup: JON HAMM Stars in Family Film MILLION DOLLAR ARM
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.
Claudia Puig, USA Today: Better than some inspirational sports movies, due mostly to its humor quotient and exotic Indian locations, this baseball movie is hampered by a predictable storytelling style and not enough curve balls.
Adam Mazmanian, The Washington Times: For a sports movie with no real action, "Million Dollar Arm" manages to be captivating, in a cornball kind of way. Not that sentimentality is a drawback in a baseball movie.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: I'd be lying if I said the movie didn't get me a few times. But that's the thing about schmaltz: Just because you can see it coming doesn't mean you can resist it.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Gate: Hamm makes "Million Dollar Arm" watchable, but not so watchable as to quash the impulse to check the time every five minutes.
Mark Hughes, Forbes.com: That said, there's no shortage of moments of clarity for the characters, and even in this less dramatically impactful form, it still tells a good story and has fun doing so (which most films containing similar mistakes usually end up failing to do).