The Reel Review

B-

Denzel Washington produces, directs and stars in this film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning story about a Pittsburgh garbage collector, bitter that his fame as a baseball player in his athletic heyday was limited to the Negro Leagues, at a time when black players were not allowed in the major leagues.

The film remains mired in the look and feel of a play, which, on the big screen, just feels dry, long-winded and tedious, despite well-written dialogue and Viola Davis’ standout performance as his long-suffering wife.

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