Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 12, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Rookie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
129 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/29/02
performer
Rachel Griffiths, Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Jay Hernandez
director
John Lee Hancock
distributor
Walt Disney Productions
author
Mike Rich
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

As a Texas high school teacher and baseball coach who lives out a childhood dream when he makes it into the major leagues, Dennis Quaid pitches with devotional but ungussied intensity. We know where the extra-inning-length film is going from the first shot of buttercup-sweet sunlight, but something especially clean shines in this American fairy tale, a quality of simplicity that’s almost as hard to achieve in such projects as a middle-aged man’s boyhood dreams. B+

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