75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
More in the tone of the big screen "Friday Night Lights" than "Rudy" or "The Blind Side," it succeeds as mainstream entertainment without relying on a conventional storybook framework.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Nearly as good as the average episode of TV’s “Friday Nights Lights,” which makes it better than most movies and one of the better sports films of recent years.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
It’s interesting that When the Game Stands Tall is essentially a movie about losing.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Jim Caviezel, as coach Ladouceur, doesn’t get much to work with, the script reducing the man to a two-dimensional motivational speaker awash in “there’s no I in Team” platitudes.
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50

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
It makes for a structurally glitchy inspirational exercise whose climax carries all the goosebump-making drama of a Pats preseason game.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
When the Game Stands Tall is one of those cliché-riddled feel good movies that, by trying too hard to be inspirational, ends up as cloying and overly sentimental.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
It’s too blandly acted and directed to make much of an impact.
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40

New York Daily News

“Hoosiers” this ain’t. The redemptive final game has some nice plays and bone-crunching sound effects, but no grit. Ultimately, it’s a ho-hum, bromide-filled production undeserving of a victory dance.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
The script depends entirely too much on a succession of reporters, announcers, and spectators to provide context and detail in clunky, implausible dialogue.
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30

TheWrap

By Inkoo Kang
"When the Game” is like a bad seven-layer salad: it's tempting in theory, but it's really just a jumble of random ingredients that wind up supremely unappetizing in the aggregate.
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41 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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