75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It's fair to say that Coach Carter is more an education film than it is a sports movie.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
By turns funny, touching and genuinely inspiring.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Jackson has the usual big speeches assigned to all coaches in all sports movies, and delivers on them, big time. His passion makes familiar scenes feel new.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Who's it for? How do you put this message across without it seeming medicinal? Sure, MTV is among the movie's producers, but what 11th grader wants to spend a Friday night being hit with such a blunt instrument?
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A smart entertainment that trades on Mr. Jackson's forceful presence, a cast of extremely likable young actors and lots of basketball action.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Thanks mainly to his (Jackson) considerable presence, Coach Carter works more effectively than expected.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Jackson, though, does lend this earnest formula flick a core of conviction.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
Features bursts of humor and electrifying energy offset by speechifying and a dud of a subplot.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
2-1/4 hours of MTV-produced tough love, with a dance break and pool party to relieve -- momentarily -- a series of motivational rants from lead Samuel L. Jackson.
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This afternoon-TV special trying to pass as a real movie earns an extra half star solely for Samuel L. Jackson, who brings his usual fire to the role.
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57 out of 100
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