A fascinating and downright lovable documentary feature by Jonathan Hock.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2016-03-31
The sunniness of Fastball leaves out a lot, but watching it can be as pleasurable as an afternoon at the ballpark.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2016-03-28
The lively MLB-produced doc's choice archival material and full roster of new interviews will delight fans, both as a warm-up to the 2016 season and beyond.
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter, 2016-03-28
Hock's documentary has a thrilling pop that should help it strike a competitive chord with anyone even remotely enchanted by our national pastime.
Nick Schager, Variety, 2016-03-25
You don't have to be a baseball fanatic or for that matter a historian or a physicist to appreciate "Fastball" ...
Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, 2016-03-24
With Kevin Costner narrating, Hock illuminates and entertains as he sketches portraits of the greats, from original fireballer Walter Johnson to the indomitable Nolan Ryan.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2016-03-24
This appealing documentary makes you understand why aficionados regard baseball as a form of poetry.
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 2016-03-24
Filmmaker Jonathan Hock goes beyond anecdotes to the larger role of the fastball in baseball, the way the game changed when the pursuit of velocities exceeding a batter's reaction time became a Holy Grail.
Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, 2016-03-24
[Stands] as further testament to baseball's status as our most chess-like sport, and one that, even when broken down to its tiniest component parts, never loses its magic.
Michael Nordine, Village Voice, 2016-03-22
There's nothing here that wouldn't have fit comfortably into an hour-long TV special, and it starts to drag after a while.
Chris Erikson, New York Daily News, 2016-03-23
For baseball fans, it delivers the high heat. For the non-fan, there may be a little too much inside baseball.
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 2016-03-23