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Moneyball (12A)

Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

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The critical consensus

Despite a strong opening featuring some sharp dialogue...the action soon finds itself mired a series of sports movies clichés.

***(*)(*)Kaleem Aftab, The List, 08/11/2011

Possibly the smartest, sharpest baseball movie since 1988’s Bull Durham. Like that film, it’s as likely to score with those who adore the sport as those whose knowledge is first-base.

****(*)Matthew Leyland, Total Film, 16/11/2011

You don’t need to understand anything of baseball to get behind this, a chest-swelling story about second chances and flipping a finger up (even a giant foam one) to The Man.

****(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 21/11/2011

Moneyball's international success may be hampered by a disinterest in baseball outside America, but it is shot with style and features archive footage of the games and fans, so is involving and easy to follow.

****(*)Becky Bartlett, The Skinny, 21/11/2011

The surprising thing is that this deadly combination of pastoral sport and wonkish maths actually produces a smart, engaging human drama; and the fact that Brad Pitt is at the centre is only one of its bonus balls.

****(*)The Scotsman, 22/11/2011

This is at heart a human drama with many layers...Enjoy this show.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 24/11/2011

A seasoned, mature picture right out of leftfield.

Dan Stewart, Little White Lies, 24/11/2011

Refreshingly free of the motivational speeches that often blight sports movies but still able to be stirring when the moment calls for it, this is light but not lightweight and hopefully it can be embraced as warmly in the UK as it has been in the States.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 24/11/2011

It is intriguing despite being, for me, in an untranslated foreign language.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 24/11/2011

It’s so surprising and subtle and beautifully complex that when Billy says at one “it’s hard not to romanticise baseball,” it’s hard to disagree.

*****Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 25/11/2011

Moneyball is surprisingly downbeat, but also very absorbing in its own slow-burning way.

Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 25/11/2011

Told with wry humour and an absence of the triumphalism often found in American sports moview Moneyball is a solid, absorbing salute to the mavericks who pursue impossible dreams.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 25/11/2011

You don’t need to be interested in baseball, or fully understand the statistical theories, to enjoy a great David and Goliath story built around a wonderfully charismatic Pitt while the adroit script by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and Steve Zaillian packs plenty of humour.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 25/11/2011

The mark of a truly great sports movie is one that appeals to people who don’t like sport. Moneyball is such a film.

****(*)Daily Record, 25/11/2011

The movie is a brilliant study of group of [Brad Pitt's] finest performances.

Philip French, The Observer, 27/11/2011

Ultimately, they fumble the ball.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 27/11/2011

Features about Moneyball (12A)

Brad Pitt: I became obsessed with Moneyball

John Hiscock, The Telegraph, 17/11/2011

Moneyball (12A)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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