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Million Dollar Arm (PG)

Biography, Drama, Sport

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

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The critical consensus

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

****(*)Angie Errigo, Empire Online, 25/08/2014

Hamm and Bell keep this hooey light, but you can’t lob a ball in here without hitting notes played better in Jerry Maguire and Slumdog Millionaire.

**(*)(*)(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 25/08/2014

Safe, sanitised and predictable, Million Dollar Arm is a by-the-numbers Disney sports flick, and as such it offers no real surprises along the way.

**(*)(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 24/08/2014

The result is an increasingly absorbing drama with some nice comedy and an engaging romance; not quite as emotional as it could be, perhaps, but well told and impressively acted.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 28/08/2014

A very enjoyable, cheer the underdog crowd-pleaser with the Indian locations lending a touch of Slumdog Millionaire zest to the proceedings.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 29/08/2014

Along with the fondly indulgent regard for white guys plundering developing nations' resources, viewed this way: not so feelgood.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 28/08/2014

This is an old fashioned wish-fulfilment fantasy at heart – and the fantasy here isn't just that the players get to live out their dreams, but that, for once, Hollywood and India are perfectly in synch.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 28/08/2014

There's not much that's cinematic about the workmanlike Million Dollar Arm.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 26/08/2014

This true-life tale of the search for an Indian baseball star can't bat clear of schmaltz and cliche.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 31/08/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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