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Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It's more than baseball, it's a revolution – one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he's tearing out the heart and soul of the game.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 228
- Fresh: 215
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 8.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: One of the most soulful of baseball movies -- it confronts the anguish of a very tough game.
Fresh: The real protagonist of Moneyball, however, is Beane himself, played with great charisma by Brad Pitt.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Moneyball turns an unlikely subject interesting, making a professional sport the nexus where past and future collide.
ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES OF 2011!
I've seen a lot of captivating and emotional dramas so far in 2011, but I'm not gonna lie: "Moneyball" may just be the best one out of all of them. With its exceptionally phenomenal acting, smartly written dialogue, and inspired adapted screenplay, I was absolutely pleased with everything this movie had to offer. The synopsis is no exception. Based on a true story, the film centers around the Oakland Athletics baseball team's 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane's attempts to assemble a competitive team. Beane (Brad Pitt) and his newly appointed assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise's unfavorable financial situation, take a sophisticated mathematical approach towards scouting and analyzing players, acquiring "submarine" pitcher Chad Bradford (Casey Bond) and former catcher Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt). As a result, the team goes on to win twenty consecutive games, an American League record. As for the acting, Brad Pitt gives a truly convincing portrayal of the movie's main protagonist Billy, who's also portrayed as a recently divorced husband and estranged single father. There are many times in the film when his character can be genuinely charming and humorously offbeat, but it's the momentary scenes in which he drives alone in his car contemplating his life in a silent, yet hauntingly emotional, manner that truly appear to be the most flawlessly real. Pitt did such an amazing job with this performance, I wouldn't be surprised if the Academy awarded him with an Oscar nomination. On another note, I should also commend Jonah Hill for his surprisingly mature role as Billy's "sidekick" and go-to guy. It's kinda weird because I'm so used to seeing Hill in the typical raunchy R-rated comedies he usually stars in. That's probably why it threw me off seeing him perform with such a considerable amount of depth and realism. Honestly, his character is so well thought out and impressively acted, there were times in the movie where I could've sworn he was being portrayed by a completely different actor. But aside from the incredible performances, the score by Mychael Danna was impeccable, the cinematography was breathtaking, and the overall atmospheric mood of the film was quite refreshing to say the least. All in all, "Moneyball" is, at least in my opinion, nothing short of a masterpiece, and I really do mean it. Not only does the film masterfully spotlight America's pastime in a way no other previous sports movie has been able to do, but it fulfills that task with grace, soul, wit, and intelligence. Even if you aren't a fan of baseball, I still recommend renting it. Chances are you won't be disappointed!
My Favorite Movie of 2011
I am not a huge baseball fan, nor do I typically care for Brad Pitt. However, I do enjoy Michael Lewis books and decided to go see this. I was completely WOW'D by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill's performance. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was also fantastic although he's not a particularly likable character in the movie. I was thrilled to see that iTunes had it available already. Totally worth the money to buy as I've already watched it twice in the past couple of days. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
The best film of 2011
This deserves Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor, and Supporting Actor.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2011
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