75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
While Ernie's on-field accomplishments were extraordinary, it was the environment in which he struggled to achieve them that makes him the worthy subject of a motion picture.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Deserves plenty of credit for exploring racial issues story in more realistic terms.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Involving and inspiring in the way a good movie about sports almost always is.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Thanks to a rock-solid performance by Dennis Quaid, nice historical touches and energetic direction by Gary Fleder, the tried-and-true formula is given a welcome shot of adrenaline.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

Has Dennis Quaid really never played a college football coach before? With his handsome, craggy face and likable intensity, he was born for the job, and he's the main attraction in The Express.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A decent football movie, just about good enough to be the 40th best episode of "Friday Night Lights" . . . which has aired 39 episodes.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Sports biodramas generally take one of two tacks: gauzily sentimental or scrappy tale of struggle. The Express runs the thin line between the two and, to its benefit, more often than not hits the first mark.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
The Express eventually reaches its triumph-of-the-human-spirit climax, but it yanks too hard on the heart strings during the long journey there.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This movie is especially egregious since it bundles the civil rights era, garden-variety bigotry, and the achievements of Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
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58 out of 100
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