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Everyone's Hero

anime & animation, children & family, sports


From Director and Executive Producer, Christopher Reeve, Everyone's Hero is a warm and funny tale about 10-year-old Yankee Irving, a young boy who embarks on cross-country quest to return Babe Ruth's stolen bat.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    41%
  • Audience Score
    45%

common sense

ON for kids age 4
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

A bland feel-good flick with a positive message.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's very little in this movie that's objectionable. OK, so it's the same old "persevering against the odds" theme that's been done a million times. That said, it's a pleasant look back at an era when kids plastered their rooms with baseball banners and heroes could be found at every baseball stadium.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the importance of putting family first and plugging through the rough times. They can also talk about dreams and the determination needed to pursue them. Was Yankee right to take off on his own to return the bat? Could he have handled it differently to avoid putting himself in danger? Also, what does it take to be a hero? Who are the real heroes in our lives?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    41%
    reviews counted: 29
    see all Everyone's Hero reviews
  • Audience

    45%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's a shame that Christopher Reeve's final directorial effort could not have been a more fitting, and lasting, tribute.

- Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times, Friday, September 15, 2006

Rotten: Young boys may be enchanted by the inspirational adventure, but for anyone over the age of nine, Yankee's journey is ultimately a dull one paved with good intentions.

- Brian Clark, Austin Chronicle, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rotten: Sweet and good-natured, but ultimately it's as unremarkable as its animation.

- Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Very sweet animated film about a young boy that loves the game of baseball yet struggles to play well himself. He finds a magical baseball & rescues Babe Ruth's stolen baseball bat "Darlin'" and travels on the road to return it to him against all odds. Moral of this 'keep swinging that bat' movie is NEVER give up. That being said, it's not surprising that this film was directed & produced by Christopher Reeve. Sadly he died while it was still in production and his wife Dana who co-produced this film and voiced the character of the mom in it, passed away shortly after it was finally completed. Check out the special features for the actors words about working on this film for their friend Christopher Reeves. The movie naturally is dedicated to the lives of Christopher and Dana Reeves. Inspirational story, great tunes and two by a favorite rocker of mine John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting. I enjoyed this very much.

- svmainus, Thursday, February 28, 2008

3 stars

Everyone's Hero is a decent family film about a boy who witnesses the stealing of Babe Ruth's bat. No one believes Yankee and he sets off to get Babe's bat back. The humor is okay but a little to modern for the time period. There is some violence but it is similar to what you would see in a Looney toon cartoon. I did not realize this was a film produced and conceived by Christopher Reeves. He died while this film was made. His wife Dana was also the original voice of the mother but after her death, another voice is used. I could not tell the difference and it was not until the credits that I realized it was two voices.

- pescime33, Tuesday, February 5, 2008

3 stars

Great for boosting childrens self worth and encouraging them to do what s right. i.e the returning of the stolen property to its owner.

- chefthadeesa, Tuesday, November 6, 2007