The Phenom


Drama / Sport

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 1,907


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April 8, 2019



Elizabeth Marvel as Elka Gold
Ethan Hawke as Nando Parrado
Paul Adelstein as Scott Borwitz
Paul Giamatti as Pizoni
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641.92 MB
23.976 fps
90 min
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90 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by somf 7 / 10 / 10

The people that would like this film probably would not watch it.

This is a strong character study. I really enjoyed it, but it is not a sports movie, at least not what one thinks of a typical sports movie. Strong acting throughout elevate this from being a pretty run of the mill character study. I really enjoyed hating the Ethan Hawke character. At times I thought the character was slightly over the top, but I still liked it. Worth watching. Just a word of warning, if sports movies are your favorite genre, you may want to reset your expectations a bit before watching. You will probably enjoy it more.

Reviewed by Tss5078 5 / 10 / 10

The Ultimate Movie Review!

Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) is in a position that every little boy dreams about. He is a star rookie pitcher in Major League Baseball. His numbers and talent are off the chart, when all of a sudden, he can't find the strike zone. There is nothing wrong with him physically, so the team sends him down to the minors and puts him to work with the top sports psychologist in the country. I really don't understand professional critics and what they look for when they rate a film. Take The Phenom for example, this film has got to be the slowest and most boring sports film I've ever seen, yet it has an 80 on Rotten Tomatoes. There was very little sports action in this film and the fast majority of it consisted of this guy sitting in a room talking to a shrink! Yes, the shrink was played by Paul Giamatti, who is an unbelievably talented actor, but why the hell would anyone want to watch some dudes therapy session? When he wasn't in therapy, he should be on the field, but no, he's dealing with his over barring father, who is fresh out of prison. Who plays this bad ass, bullying his pro-athlete son, who is in peak physical condition? A very old looking, very tattooed, Ethan Hawke and I really wasn't buying that for a second. There were some talented actors in this film, no doubt, but The Phenom was 88 minutes of talking and nothing more, what in the hell is so great about that? This film was as boring as movies get, so unless you're a die hard Paul Giamatti fan, I would absolutely let this one pass you by.

Reviewed by Ian 5 / 10 / 10

More Balls Than Strikes

(Flash Review) With an intriguing story of a major league pitcher needing a sports psychologist to help him regain his pitching command, this film had a lot going for it in addition to its unique plot. As it sets a confident atmosphere, competent acting, interesting pacing, editing with some nice long shot holds and framing composition. Where it threw its wild pitches was in tying all the scenes together and diving a bit deeper into certain characters and plot points. It failed to emotionally connect with me. I never truly felt the pitcher's strife; as much as the lighting tried to help from scene to scene. Many scenes were really good stand-alone scenes yet never added up to a great unified whole. Back to the plot, you learn what are some causes for his on the mound distractions and a couple vague ways he tries to resolve them. Can he conquer them and regain his pitching dominance? Overall it felt uneven and had a very abrupt ending; not in a clever way either.

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