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Field Of Dreams

drama, sports


If you build it, he will come. With these words, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    87%
  • Audience Score
    87%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

Baseball crowd pleaser with a supernatural twist.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this story about following your dreams and reconciling relationships could appeal to young teens, older teens, and adults, especially families who like baseball. Some positive messages about tolerance and believing in yourself go along with a bit of strong language ("s--t" and "son of a bitch"). There are a couple references to past drug use, as well as a couple tense scenes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about dreams. How do you know when to follow a dream that seems crazy or foolish? What thoughts go into weighing the risks of certain choices? Is there a way to know for sure whether an idea is a good one?
  • How did Ray's experience with the baseball field help him heal his pain related to his relationship with his father? What could you do to mend some family wounds?
  • What kinds of stereotypes are discussed or displayed in this movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    87%
    reviews counted: 9
    see all Field Of Dreams reviews
  • Audience

    87%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It seems much easier to fall into Field of Dreams than to resist its warm, intelligent, timely appeal to our most idealistic selves.

- Caryn James, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Fresh: The sentimentality, of which there is plenty, is nicely balanced by a humor of ironic pragmatism, as when Ray, having built his baseball field as a monument to human dreams, decides to charge tourists $20 a head to visit it.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rotten: The movie may steal a base here and there, but there are no homers.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

How can you forget the voiece "if you built it, he we will come." Normally I don't tend to like baseball films all that much, as I'm not a big fan of the game. But on some occasions I'll like a baseball flick, this one and The Sandlot were the one that I always found the best. Both are classics, and both are fun. Field Of Dreams is one of the best feel good films that I've seen. The story is quite simple, but the film is very powerful, and is hard to get away. Based on W.P Kinsella's novel, Shoeless Joe; Field Of Dreams. The story follows farmer Ray Kinsella. One day Kinsella hears a voice "if you built it, he will come." Ray Kinsella sets out to build a baseball field. At First, Kinsella's attempt at obeying the voice seem in vain, as no one comes to the field. A mountain of debt piles up for Kinsella due to the fact that he plowed down half his crop of corn to build the baseball field. But then Shoeless Joe Jackson shows up on the field one night. Shoeless Joe is one of seven who banned from professional baseball due to the 1919 Black Sox scandal. After the initial encounter with Shoeless Joe, he asks Ray Kinsella to invite the other six players who were banned. Thus starts a magical journey of redemption and making dreams happen. This such a terrific film to watch. The story is very well told and doesn't feel too sentimental. Field Of Dreams won't appeal to everyone as this isn't your typical feel good film. The cast here is terrific, Kevin Costner plays probably his best role of his career and Burt Lancaster gives a splendid last performance. Amy Madigan's character is quite irritating, but she manages to portray an ex hippie very well (auditorium scene). Amy Madigan though annoys me in the film, even though she gives a good performance. The story is filled with moving scenes and is a film that can make the impossible happen. This is a terrific film to watch with the entire family, and many people who watch it can take something away with them. This is definitely of the best feel good films around.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, October 5, 2010

4 stars

A truly magical film, with great performances and a beautiful score, it is more than about baseball, it's about going the distance and making amends with the past, and the ending is simply wonderful.

- blacksheepboy, Thursday, February 18, 2010

3 stars

Kevin Costner was so awesome in this Movie.

- ScoopOnline, Thursday, December 3, 2009