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The Catcher Was A Spy (2018)


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Critic Consensus: The Catcher Was a Spy loses sight of the most interesting elements of its fact-based story, dropping the ball and leaving likable lead Paul Rudd stranded.

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In the midst of World War II, major league catcher Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) is drafted to join a new team: the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA). No ordinary ballplayer, the erudite, Jewish Ivy League graduate speaks nine languages and is a regular guest on a popular TV quiz show. Despite his celebrity, Berg is an enigma - a closeted gay man with a knack for keeping secrets. The novice spy is quickly trained and sent into the field to stop German scientist Werner Heisenberg before he can build an atomic bomb for the Nazis.


Paul Rudd
as Moe Berg
Mark Strong (II)
as Werner Heisenberg
Sienna Miller
as Estella Huni
Jeff Daniels
as William J. Donovan
Guy Pearce
as Robert Furman
Paul Giamatti
as Samuel Goudsmit

Critic Reviews for The Catcher Was A Spy

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

"The Catcher Was a Spy" only ever penetrates the surface - of Berg's psyche, of heroism in the face of evil, of America's pastime - so that historical events ostensibly thrilling are rendered rote.

June 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Berg and Heisenberg conduct most of their dialogue, when they finally meet, in chess moves. And the movie tantalizingly leaves open the question of whether the game ended in a mate or a resignation.

June 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Lewin has crafted a biopic spy thriller, kind of, but the script has neither the character shadings to be a biopic nor the pacing and twist and turns to be a spy thriller.

June 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Missed opportunities are everywhere.

June 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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The film proves to be oddly uninvolving.

June 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Berg was an enigmatic and underappreciated Renaissance Man, and we leave the film not especially enlightened.

June 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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