The Express Synopsis
Ernie Davis overcomes poverty and prejudice to win college football's Heisman Trophy in 1961.
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

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

By Mike Clark
Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Involving and inspiring in the way a good movie about sports almost always is.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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By conradwsba1
I really enjoyed this movie because Rob Brown did a very good job of playing Ernie Davis....

The Express - Scored! A triumph! GRADE: A-average

I just attended the advance press screening of this UP-LIFTING well-crafted 140-minute movie based on Robert C. Gallagher's autobiography of Ernie Davis who was a Syracuse University football player...


By camaro909
This was a great movie. I think everyone would enjoy watching this movie....

A true 5 star movie.

By highrise511
If you wanna see a good movie, then this is a movie for you folks. A black man winnin, doin black thangs, winnin tha white mans trophy. NOTE: I only wrote that review in response to the negative...

“THE EXPRESS” – A FAST Track To Understanding Race Problems & Football =

By jimchudnow
Having performed in some scenes of this film (largely shot in the Chicago area), I was especially interested in seeing what they'd “do” with the story of ERNIE DAVIS, the first African-American man to...

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By Movie Freak10
The Express Was A Very Good Movie! The Way They Treated Black People Back Then Was Just Absurd, It Was Terrible! This Movie Is A Very Touching And Sad, It Made Me Shead A Tear! Ernie Davis Truely Is...

Express - a good movie

By sole63
My wife and I both enjoyed this movie very much. Well acted, etc. Would highly recommend seeing this show to everyone....

Great Movie!!!!!!

By Ray62
I normally don't like "based on true stories", but this one was worth my time. I love history and you will learn much about the time in which Mr. Davis had to live. I would recommend this movie for...

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By mgcarter
Great movie! One of the better sports movies with very realistic action football scenes. It was all very believable and helped in telling this powerful story. The film provides great insight into...


By kenhdcgov1
Truly, this is a must see movie!! It was funny, engaging and tragic. It was sad that a story so much like a movie had to be so factual. This is a movie that both a blind and deaf person would become...

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Rated PG | For thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 12 & under Inspirational true story tackles race, football.
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