Moneyball Hits It Out of the Park

Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill star in baseball flick

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 23, 2011 11:38 AM CDT

(Newser) Moneyball is a big hit with critics, even if its premise—a film about baseball statistics—might sound boring at first. Here’s what they say about the film, which stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill:

  • Built on a "sharp, sleek script," Moneyball "takes all this seemingly dry, dusty, inside-baseball stuff and turns it into the kind of all-too-rare pleasurable Hollywood diversion that gives you a contact high," writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times.

  • "No jock schmaltzfest, the whip-smart Moneyball is a crowd-pleasing baseball movie for people—like me—who don’t like baseball movies," writes Lou Lumenick in the New York Post.
  • In the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan agrees, calling it "that rare sports movie that doesn't end with a rousing last-second victory or a come-from-behind celebration." Pitt is "in top movie star form," he adds.
  • In short, it’s "one of the best and most viscerally exciting films of the year," asserts Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.

In this image released by Sony Pictures, Brad Pitt, left, and Jonah Hill are shown in a scene from Moneyball.
In this image released by Sony Pictures, Brad Pitt, left, and Jonah Hill are shown in a scene from "Moneyball."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures-Sony, Melinda Sue Gordon)
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