Box Office - 09/23/2011 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his one is the shrewdest take on the game since Ron Shelton's BULL DURHAM and it has appeal that reaches beyond the ballpark."
Los Angeles Times - 09/30/2011
"[T]houghtful and entertaining....Starring Brad Pitt in top movie star form, it's a film that's impressive and surprising."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/30/2011
"As an actor, Brad Pitt has aged like a fine wine. In MONEYBALL, he's in classic, game-on movie-star mode..." -- Grade: A-
Wall Street Journal - 10/28/2011
"[A] deeply American film about a uniquely American sport in which a principled guy takes on the moneyed titans because he can't stand the unfairness of what they're doing to the game he still loves."
Total Film - 12/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Y]ou'll be surprised how hard it grips....Miller essays a restraint that benefits the human moments weaved between the ballpark wheeling and dealing."
Washington Post - 09/23/2011 4 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t rounds all the bases with grace, modesty and a surfeit of heart."
Bennett Miller's adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction best seller MONEYBALL stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, a one-time phenom who flamed out in the big leagues and now works as the GM for the Oakland Athletics, a franchise that's about to lose their three best players to free agency. Because the team isn't in a financial position to spend as much as perennial favorites like the Yankees and the Red Sox, Beane realizes he needs to radically change how he evaluates what players can bring to the squad. After he meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), an Ivy League economics major working as an executive assistant for scouting on another team, Beane realizes he's found the man who understands how to subvert the system of assessing players that's been in place for nearly a century. However, as the duo begin to acquire players that seem too old, injured, or inept to play major-league baseball, they face stiff resistance from both the A's longtime scouts and the team's manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who outright refuses to allow Beane's more-nontraditional acquisitions to play. MONEYBALL screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.