Faced with a tight budget, a baseball manager (Brad Pitt) and his partner (Jonah Hill) recruit bargain-bin players that scouts have labeled as flawed, but have game-winning potential.
" [Pitt] provides ballast and a swaggering humor to a movie that, too often, strives to be The Social Network of baseball movies. "
" A crowd-pleasing baseball movie for people - like me - who don't like baseball movies. "
" A deeply American film about a uniquely American sport in which a principled guy takes on the moneyed titans because he can't stand the unfairness of what they're doing to the game he still loves. "
" A well-written, sharply acted film that's guaranteed to garner attention. "
" Although you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it, "Moneyball" is one of the best baseball movies imaginable. "
" As an example of smarter-than-average Hollywood fare - and a sly dig at modern sporting politics - 'Moneyball' has all the key bases covered. "
" Baseball fans know this story, but Miller puts it all in fascinating context. This is a thinking person's baseball movie, a more complex version of the inspirational sports story. "
" Has to be described as an example of what Hollywood does best. "
" It gives Mr. Pitt, who hurtles through the movie, a chance to scat like a juiced-up Ella Fitzgerald, working his phones and seemingly every other general manager in the country, as he transforms a new baseball philosophy into action. "
" It's to the director's credit, and Pitt's, that Moneyball is anything but bloodless -- in its own quiet, unspectacular way, this movie courses with life. "
" Like a cold beer under a bluebird sky; like a flawless line drive on a warm summer's day; like a long, languorous seventh-inning stretch - "Moneyball" satisfies. "
" Moneyball is exactly like moneyball -- infused with intelligence, amusing in its attacks on false gods, but way easier to admire than to love. "
" Moneyball turns an unlikely subject interesting, making a professional sport the nexus where past and future collide. "
" One of the most soulful of baseball movies -- it confronts the anguish of a very tough game. "
" Pitt's Beane is as original a character as I've seen in a baseball drama. "
" Pitt, who has a producing credit, is not the sole reason this tremendous -- yet intimate -- sports tale soars over the fences. The bench is deep. And the script has a powerful but finessed swing. "
" Smart, minor-key entertainment. "
" Starring Brad Pitt in top movie star form, it's a film that's impressive and surprising. "
" The real protagonist of Moneyball, however, is Beane himself, played with great charisma by Brad Pitt. "
" Naysayers have been claiming for years that the Moneyball book wouldn't work as a movie. But ultimately, it's the cinematic touches that keep this film version from becoming something exceptional. "
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