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Ballplayer: Pelotero


Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin & Jon Paley

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Plot Summary

Now in Theaters! A gritty look inside the world of Big League Baseball training camps in the Dominican Republic, inside a never-before-seen world for an up close and personal look at the cost of the American dream. (Includes Spanish with English Subtitles)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: We're so used to hearing innocuous cliches come out of the mouths of major leaguers in postgame interviews that the accusations and innuendo in this film are startling. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, May 12, 2014

Fresh: What gives Pelotero its edge is a nexus of corruption, exploitation and betrayal that transforms this well-shot, cannily edited item into an engrossing expose. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jul 13, 2012

Fresh: It's an eye-opening look at a flawed, potentially exploitative system and how it is being gamed from all sides of the table -- the story of the collision of youthful dreams and a cutthroat adult cartel. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2014

Fresh: Hard-hitting sports doc examines the darker side of the recruitment of young baseball players in the Dominican Republic for the major leagues. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jul 13, 2012

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Customer Reviews

MLB's neo-colonialism in the Dominican Republic

Excellent film. Uncovers a culture of neo-colonial exploitation by MLB in the Dominican Republic. It makes no difference if you're a baseball fan. If you appreciate true investigative journalism and beautiful cinematography than you'll enjoy this movie.

See It!

Doesn't matter if you are a baseball fan or not. Definitely has a broad appeal on a human level.

Pleasant Surprise

I watched this movie last night and I still can't get it out of my head. Forget baseball it's just a fascinating story and a really well paced film.

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