When the Game Stands Tall Synopsis
The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
It’s too blandly acted and directed to make much of an impact.
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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When The Game Stands Tall

By dalmar622
One of the best if not the best must see movies of the season. From story to cast, a winner in my movie playbook! Arrive prepared to walk away INSPIRED!...

Caviezel Stands Tall

By skanz0
I don't understand why Hollywood critics always seem to rate movies with a positive moral message so poorly... This was an excellent film....

Almost as perfect as you can get

By jeraldmajestybrown
I love movies and I am a critic. This movie was inspiring and done with movie excellence. The actors were terrific. It may be too much of a drama for little ones but the youth will be charged with...

When the Game Stands Tall

By jbp2010ehs

Good movie about a great man.

By amitofo
Well made movie about a great man who does amazing things for kids for decades. A man who would be perfectly satisfied with doing the right thing and being a noble failure but instead, finds that it...

When The Game Stands Tall

By fbsr68
This is a fantastic for the whole family to go see. Deals with relationships between parents and child/teens and peers. Movie also deals with becoming a young adult and the decisions you would make...

Tall Rating

By secretplacepsalm91637
I love this movie for its sincerity and strong development. it's an honest movie. they had questioned God and no those questions weren't precisely answered the way most of its would like it to be....

I am proud to have witnessed!

By shakyaprabesh
This movie truely was a blessing. Based out of oakland, i truely loved the story, direction and heartwarming ending. After a long time a sports movie about inspiring our young rather than glamour,...

Not about football or winning!

By trishk913
Heartwarming movie about unconditional love & a non-blood family!!!...

By ebkanis
How could such a compelling story be told so poorly. Script was so full of holes that even some decent football clips could not save it. Acting was atrocious and dialog was often laughable. I...

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Rated PG | For Thematic Material, Brief Smoking and A Scene of Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Football biopic has positive messages but doesn't score.
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