More strikes than balls, this one is hardly a perfect Game. Directed with unusual restraint by Raimi, Costner returns to the baseball diamond as a star pitcher in the twilight of his career. Depressed because he's going to be traded and dumped by perky yet sensible Preston, he takes stock of the decisions that lead him to this lonely juncture--via predictable flashbacks, unfortunately.
Unlike in his earlier forays onto the field, Costner is uneven as a man who must choose between love and the game. It's only the scenes focusing on his friendship with catcher Reilly and the action on the field that really score. But when the film focuses--even lightly--on the underdeveloped romance, one notices the leads have the sexual chemistry of a term paper. Nice try, but go hit the showers.
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