McFarland, USA Synopsis
Novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White.
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RogerEbert.com

By Glenn Kenny
Costner’s uncanny evocation of Gary Cooper masculinity and Gregory Peck compassion in the role of coach Jim White is the glue that holds it...
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80

TheWrap

By James Rocchi
A feel-good movie that earns all those good feelings, McFarland, USA might be running on a predetermined track, but the heart it shows...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It's nice to see a movie that is, well, nice. Nice but not dumb. It's also a comfortable fit for Costner.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There are good things to say about the inspirational Disney sports film McFarland, USA, starting with its up-from-the-scrap-heap story,...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Even good stories are never quite like a movie, and to its credit McFarland, USA doesn’t try hard to be like a movie. It tries to be...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A cross-cultural charmer, an endearing true story told with intelligence and warmth by director Niki Caro (2002's Whale Rider).
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Hardly the sporting-movie equivalent of a Hail Mary touchdown pass or a homer in the bottom of the ninth, yet McFarland, USA still has...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
While the beats of the story are often stock, the picture benefits from sensitive direction by New Zealander Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North...
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60

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
It works, kind of, despite its broadness, its obviousness, and its howlingly awful opening.
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60

Variety

By Justin Chang
A rare studio entertainment featuring a largely Latino ensemble, yet necessarily fronted by a big-name draw like Costner, McFarland, USA...
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A movie that underlines dedication, hard work, love and passion for reaching goals.

By diazteamfdi
I personally love movies based on positive true life events. We need more family movies that could inspire our youth to be persistent in order to achieve their goals. Our kids need to understand...

McFarland

By elainecrasnick
Every American, especially kids, should see this movie. There are so many themes in it that enrich our knowledge of life: parenting, fatherhood, survival, friendship, the value of hard work and...

McFarland made me cry

By superhumanscott
Perhaps it seems too fairytale, too Disney, but it is based on a true story. Cast does a great job m a king the story heartfelt. It's worth a watch....

GREAT MOVIE

By kelly685
This was a heart warming movie..... endurance, focus.....all pays off. It was a great movie!...

great

By melisunshine4u
inspiring...

No Reason Not To Love This Movie

By findfrank
Every now and then a movie comes out that sends a positive message without stupid, outer space scenes, horror, robots, car chases, shootings, disasters, mindless comedy, animation garbage are pure...

BEAUTIFUL Story!!!!!

By mgoddard4626
We need more movies like this!!...

By eynacz
McFarland USA is an inspirational movie and a story of the American Dream. I loved the heart of the movie, the young men were amazing especially since they were able to succeed against all odds. I...

Mc Farland USA

By satk
A movie the family could go see together ! One of the few good ones out there ....

By margievictoria
Wonderful Movie! Great Coach! Great kids! Great parents! Great community! Hard work & endurance! It's inspiring how they continue to give back to their community!...

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Rated PG | For Language, Thematic Material and Some Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.
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