Ken Tucker
July 27, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hardball

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
106 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/14/01
performer
Diane Lane, Keanu Reeves, John Hawkes, Mike McGlone, D.B. Sweeney
director
Brian Robbins
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
John Gatins
genre
Comedy, Sports, Drama

We gave it a B

On MSNBC’s Hardball With Chris Matthews Matthews’ yelling, yammering, leather-lung lug persona has been imitated so uncannily by ”Saturday Night Live”’s Darrell Hammond that the ”Hardball” host has dialed it down in recent months. Relishing his ”SNL” notoriety but also smart enough to know he’d become his own caricature, Matthews is currently engaging in some good, feisty debates with a wide range of guests. Election years bring out the best in Matthews, a former House aide and speech-writer who’s talented at explicating the motives of old-school politicians. He still does lame things like repeating the Howard Dean-screaming clip for the 4,000th time, but, like the good Catholic-school debater he was reared as, he also points out any illogic in anyone’s point of view.

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