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Year
1988
Runtime
108 min.
Director
Ron Shelton
Genres
Romance, Comedy, Sport
Rating *
7.1
Votes *
31,399
Checks
7,258
Favs
250
Dislikes
58
Favs/checks
3.4% (1:29)
Favs/dislikes
4:1
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  1. devilsadvocado's avatar

    devilsadvocado

    This one hasn't aged too well. 12 years 7 months ago
  2. Esnaider's avatar

    Esnaider

    Almost as boring as baseball, nice acting
    thinks it's saying something profound about the human condition unlike the other Hollywood movies, but it's just as homophobic, misogynist and xenophobe as any of its contemporaries
    3 years ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    If I hadn't committed myself to rewatching movies I'd never reviewed, I probably would never have revisited Bull Durham. It's a baseball movie, first of all, and it stars Kevin Costner. That is normally enough for a pass. I don't even know if I actually dislike Costner as a performer, or if he just consistently selects projects I have no basic interest in. Be that as it may, it was on the list, and so here I am. Bull Durham is not the main character's name as I falsely remembered - can anyone explain the title? it's about the Durham Bulls, but how does that grammatically resolve in that title? - he's a sort of baseball gunslinger hired by a Minor League team to get the local pitcher into the Majors. The baseball story has a lot of gumball machine philosophy, but it's pithy and Costner and Tim Robbins are fun foils for one another. As it turns out, this is just a side-show for a romantic comedy between Costner's Crash and Susan Serandon's sexy baseball groupie (the movie basically prefigures Almost Famous, but with sports) and the unfolding theme is that experience trumps raw quality, though not everyone necessarily delves that deep. I'm not sure how well the movie juggles the two genres at times (it seems all over and then they have to tack on more romance stuff), but ultimately, though I found it perfectly watchable, it's just not the kind of material I'll ever have much passion for. 4 years 2 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #79 in Paste's The 100 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time
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  2. This movie ranks #97 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
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  3. This movie ranks #126 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  4. This movie ranks #146 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  5. This movie ranks #779 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  6. This movie ranks #897 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  7. This movie ranks #1105 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2500
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  8. This movie ranks #1148 in The Criterion Collection
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