Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
It's fair to say that Coach Carter is more an education film than it is a sports movie. Read full review
By turns funny, touching and genuinely inspiring. Read full review
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. Read full review
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? Read full review
A smart entertainment that trades on Mr. Jackson's forceful presence, a cast of extremely likable young actors and lots of basketball action. Read full review
Thanks mainly to his (Jackson) considerable presence, Coach Carter works more effectively than expected. Read full review
Jackson, though, does lend this earnest formula flick a core of conviction. Read full review
Features bursts of humor and electrifying energy offset by speechifying and a dud of a subplot. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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