...an imperfect film, but an unusual case in which the heart of both the story and its telling do help in smoothing over other deficiencies, sweet and disarming in its belief that something like a baseball game can make a bigger difference.
—Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times
...so overwhelmed by its own based-on-actual-events tale that it can?t find the tone to tell it effectively.
—Neil Genzlinger New York Times
You sort of know how these underdog sports movies turn out. Doesn't matter. The Perfect Game so expertly uses the charisma and personalities of the actors, especially the young ones, that it's thrilling anyway.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...a sweet, kid-friendly outing you can't help but cheer for.
—Rennie Dyball People
A little movie with a lot of heart...
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
...an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy...
—Joe Leydon Variety
Barely dramatizing off-the-field struggles like visa problems and the boys' first taste of good ol' American racism, the film does a disservice to the community it depicts by rendering an inspiring cultural story entirely uninspired.
—Aaron Hillis LA Weekly
Among the many clichés that animate the bland inspirational sports movie The Perfect Game is the overused device of presenting historical events via black-and-white newsreel, then having the newsreel wipe to the color of the rest of the film.
—Scott Tobias Onion AV Club
...all heart and no training.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
...resorts to such corniness that one can practically hear the screen crunching.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine