A New York playwright (Michael Keaton) fears a scathing review from a powerful critic (Robert Downey Jr.), while his beloved Boston Red Sox try to win the World Series in 1986.
" ... a quirky little comedy ... "
" A gratifying playground of high-wire language. "
" A meditation on American theater and the Great American Pastime that hovers above the surface of reality but never quite takes off, either. "
" For fans of DeLillo, Keaton and/or either team in that classic Series, this curious little picture is worth tracking down. "
" It's one of the best films of the young year. "
" No writer could ever top the high drama witnessed in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series - which may be the point of this sloppy but endearing mash note to baseball, art and fate. "
" Novelist Don DeLillo brings many of his strengths to the screenplay for Game 6. "
" Screenwriter DeLillo and director Michael Hoffman have a near-perfect player in Michael Keaton. "
" The film is meandering and highly uneven, but Robert Downey Jr. is truly oddball as a venomous drama critic, and watching that ball once again roll through Bill Buckner's legs is torture (for Red Sox fans anyway). "
" This material could be pitched at various levels. You can imagine it being incorporated into a sequel to The Producers, or being transformed into quasi-O'Neill. "
" To put it in words a Sox fan would understand, the movie hurts good. "
" A kind of comic variation on the Stations of the Cross transferred to the ordeals of a Gotham playwright, pic feels indifferent and empty. "
" An offbeat, not-quite-successful paranoid comedy. "
" DeLillo and company have let one go through their legs. "
" For better and worse, this is a fiction writer's movie: the dialogue is admirably precise, yet the restrictive worldview that's so gripping in DeLillo's books seems like mere solipsism on-screen. "
" If making movies like this for himself is the reason Downey makes movies like The Shaggy Dog for us -- well then, that's a bargain that benefits no one. "
" Michael Keaton is Nicky Rogan, a Red Sox fan living in New York who is also a playwright hoping that his new work revives his career. "
" The movie includes a recurring motif of immigrant taxi drivers -- like them, the movie is constantly going around in circles. "
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