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The Rookie

HD   G Closed Captioning

John Lee Hancock

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About the Movie

This live action drama tells the extraordinary real-life story of Jim Morris (Quaid), who had to drop out of minor league baseball because of an injury to his pitching arm. Twelve years later, inspired by the young men on the championship-winning high school team he coaches, Morris is convinced to fulfill his own dream and try out for a professional team. With perseverance and confidence, he finally steps up to the plate, and after his pitching is clocked in the high nineties, he is signed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He makes it to the major leagues Tampa team in september of 1999.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 152
  • Fresh: 127
  • Rotten: 25
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Hancock's heartfelt movie scores a solid hit. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, May 12, 2014

Fresh: Deftly constructed to stoke the baseball-phenom fantasies of coulda-shoulda-woulda middle-aged guys and fields-of-dreaming young diamond studs. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Mar 12, 2013

Fresh: Morris ultimately lasted two partial seasons in the majors, and the film's rendering of his minor-league struggle is so enjoyable you want to see more of that and less of the everyday life preceding it. – David Germain, Associated Press, May 12, 2014

Rotten: Earnest to the point of blandness. – Film4, May 12, 2014

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Customer Reviews


this is one of the greatest sports movies iv ever seen

nice baseball story

Based on true story,i love baseball and watching the high school team improve and jimmie morris making it to big leagues.His son makes the movie great as well

the rookie

best baseball movie dennis quaid is so good at this role very inspirational