August 20, 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 an A-

Perhaps identifying with his character’s midlife second shot at stardom, Dennis Quaid delivers a beautifully calibrated performance as The Rookie‘s Jim Morris, who in real life became the oldest newbie in Major League Baseball history when he broke in with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at 35. Like a good ball game, director John Lee Hancock’s male fantasy moves slowly at times, but ultimately rewards patient viewers with a huge emotional payoff. Sure, it’s corny, but what’s more American than corn?

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