Sappy, saccharine, and predictable to the point where it's almost painful.
J. R. Jones
A completely by-the-numbers affair.
JB is not the wisest of men and Million Dollar Arm makes no bones about him being a character in need of an upward arc. Even so, the movie never sacrifices the other characters as mere handmaidens to his growth.
Million Dollar Arm, based on true events, did a fairly good job of keeping me engaged even though I knew exactly where it was going every step of the way.
There is a gaping hole where "Million Dollar Arm"'s heart should be that widens to crater-size in the second half.
Million Dollar Arm is cute, cloying, simplistic, borderline offensive ... and thoroughly effective.
Hamm and Bell are likeable actors with terrific timing. The location shots in Mumbai are beautiful, chaotic and jarring. The script is amusing.
Million Dollar Arm pulls so hard on your heartstrings, it tears most of the tendons in its pitching arm.
Hamm doesn't embarrass himself as Bernstein, but the role is hollow -- a savvy guy who needs to learn how nice and lovable he can be.