Angels in the Outfield (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Angels in the Outfield1994

Angels in the Outfield (1994)



Critic Consensus: A queasy mishmash of poignant drama and slapstick fantasy, Angels in the Outfield strikes out as worthy family entertainment.

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Updated from the 1951 film of the same name, Angels In The Outfield takes liberties with the original to bring sentimental values to a modern setting. Roger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a foster child whose irresponsible father promises to get his act together when Roger's favorite baseball team, the California Angels, wins the pennant. The problem is that the Angels are in last place, so Roger prays for help to turn the team around. Sure enough, his prayers are answered in the form of angel Al (Christopher Lloyd), and, before you know it, the Angels' bitter manager (Danny Glover) is watching in amazement as his team starts making the plays -- with the help of angels visible to the audience only as glowing special effects.


Danny Glover
as George Knox
Tony Danza
as Mel Clark
Brenda Fricker
as Maggie Nelson
Christopher Lloyd
as Al "The Boss"
Ben Johnson
as Hank Murphy
Jay O. Sanders
as Ranch Wilder
Dermot Mulroney
as Roger's Father
Taylor Negron
as David Montagne
Tony Longo
as Triscuitt Messmer
Neal McDonough
as Whitt Bass
Stoney Jackson
as Ray Mitchell
Adrien Brody
as Danny Hemmerling
Matthew McConaughey
as Ben Williams
Israel Juarbe
as Jose Martinez
Robert Clohessy
as Frank Gates
Connie Craig
as Carolyn
Michael Halton
as Hairy Man
Mark Conlon
as Photographer
James C. King
as Home Plate Umpire
Tony Reitano
as Singing Umpire
Diane Amos
as Woman Next to J.P.
Victoria Skerritt
as Social Worker
Devon Dear
as National Anthem Singer
O.B. Babbs
as Angel Player Mapel
Mitchell Page
as Angel Player Abascal
Mark Cole
as Angel Player Norton
Pamela West
as Ms. Angel
Oliver Dear
as Rookie Angel
Lionel Douglass
as Brother Angel
John Howard Swain
as First Base Umpire
Marc Magdaleno
as 2nd Home Plate Umpire
Ron Rogge
as Angels Coach
Steven Meredith
as Toronto Player
Bill Dear
as Toronto Manager
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Critic Reviews for Angels in the Outfield

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (10)

A Disney-fied morality play complete with corn and sniffles.

July 10, 2020 | Full Review…

See Little Big League instead.

August 16, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Serves up its corn so unabashedly it's hard to take offense at its sappiness.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The movie is essentially a series of gags held together by sugar filling.

May 21, 2003 | Full Review…

By the time the last out is called, the movie's shamelessness far outweighs its charms. Aimed at the minors, it's in a bush league all its own.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A family-oriented heartstring-yanker so syrupy-sweet in its depictions of the game, angels, orphans, children's wishes, and estranged parents, that it may be all you can do to keep from taking a Louisville Slugger to the projectionist.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Angels in the Outfield


From the first shot to the last the strings on the puppet are always clearly in evidence in this popular Disney release I only now got around to viewing. Its cool that I did wait so long: would I have recognized so many up and coming stars (Adrien Brody, Matthew McConaughey - with his shirt off, natch, Joe Gordon Levitt, for instance) otherwise? But the cheese is laid on pretty thick, even for a family film combining baseball, orphans, and faith in God. Still, like a puppy who pees on yer new living room carpet, it's hard to be too mad about it

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Angels in the Outfield is a dull family film that is far too sentimental to really stand out among other films and isn't entertaining in the long run. This is a boring film with a lazy cast, and dreadful performances. This is among the worst family films that Disney has produced. I thought that the film lacked anything to capture your interest and it was a total misfire. Sometimes, inspirational, feel good films tend to be lacking significantly, and Angels in the Outfield is one of those movies. I was bored with the plot, and the cast just didn't deliver any memorable performances. The material, although good natured, just fails to really engage the viewer, and in turn it becomes a highly forgettable feel good film, where other films are much better and stand out more. This is a stale train wreck of a movie, and by the time the credits roll, you want more out of the film. However, the script is flawed, has a lazy, predictable story and cheesy performances. This film plays out more like a bad joke, and it just doesn't accomplish what it sets out to do. There are far better films of this caliber out there, and this one is just not worth seeing. This film could have been good, but the filmmakers go overboard on its sentimental overtones, which never works, and ends up falling apart far too quickly. Watch something else instead; you'll be glad you did. Angels in the Outfield is a misfire of a family film, one that should be forgotten about. This was a disappointing an awful and the only entertaining part are seeing the credits roll. This film just lacks any shroud of originality, and peppers the plot with ever genre cliché that you can think of. Avoid this film, and watch Toy Story, Casper or The Sandlot instead. This family film is bad and pointless.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


a lame and long intro and a plot that will make you sleep the only redeemable factor of this movie is Christopher lloyd but the rest of the movie will put you to sleep

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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