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Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings (1993)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 8

Cool Runnings rises above its formulaic sports-movie themes with charming performances, light humor, and uplifting tone.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

Cool Runnings rises above its formulaic sports-movie themes with charming performances, light humor, and uplifting tone.



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Cool Runnings fictionalizes the true story of a bobsledding team from Jamaica making it to the Olympics. The tale begins when Derice Bannock (Leon), realizing that due to an accident his chances of qualifying for Jamaica's 1988 Olympic track team are dashed, scrounges around looking for another sport for the competition. Since ex-United States gold medal bobsledding winner Irv Blitzer (John Candy) now lives in Jamaica, Derice chooses bobsledding, convincing Irv to coach the team. Derice then



Lynn Siefert, Tommy Swerdlow, Michael Goldberg

Jul 17, 2001


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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (8) | DVD (6)

The offbeat, fact-based saga is enlivened by the perfect balance of humor, emotion and insight and should be one of the true sleepers among fall box office releases.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Travelogue shots of happy Jamaicans dancing in the sun give way to patronising comedy.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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A cute, buoyant sports fantasy, jolted along by a reggae soundtrack and playfully acted by an appealing cast.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Entirely mediocre and forgettable

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (4)
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The ghost of Stepin Fetchit is hovering in the tropical ether.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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If you like underdog movies, you might like this one. Especially if you haven't seen very many.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Delightful, tween-friendly story of Jamaican bobsledders.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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A spirited -- if sentimental and conventional -- movie...

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Cool Runnings doesn't even rate a bronze medal as either sports film or comedy.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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One of Candy's best as coach of an Olympic bobsled team.

June 11, 2005

A energia do elenco e a inspiradora premissa (baseada em fatos reais) convencem o espectador a ignorar os vários clichês e a torcer desesperadamente pelos bravos jamaicanos.

April 13, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Entertaining and uplifting.

January 21, 2004 Full Review

While the film is cute and charming, it isn't without its copious cliches. All in all, it's pretty much as expected.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source:

In the tradition of Mighty Ducks, here's another great Rocky story from Disney.

July 14, 2003

Better than it looks. I know, it shocked me too.

July 26, 2002

Often silly but almost never funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comment (1)
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The setting and characters were so unique that the film quickly overcame its shortcomings to become a very satisfying piece of movie entertainment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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The considerable warmth, humour and persistence of the cast soon have you rooting for these underdogs.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

It's a film about success coming from hard work and determination, and it's a film I would be glad to take a family to see. That's a rarity, and it's worth praise on its own level.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings is a very good comedy about a Jamaican Bob Sled team. This is a well made comedy with lots of laughs, a decent cast, and of course the brilliance of John Candy. There are plenty of good things to enjoy about this film, and it surprised me quite a bit. Cool Runnings is lots of fun, and is one of the better underdog comedies out there. The film is not perfect, however it's very entertaining. The film has a good cast, and has a very original idea for its plot. The film funny, and the cast do a good job at delivering the laughs. John Candy one of his last performances here, as this was one of three final films he starred in before he died. Candy as usual shines here, and delivers a good performance. This is a very good comedy that is simply lots of fun. The performances are good, the story is interesting and the laughs are plentiful. I enjoyed this film more that your regular sports comedy, and at times Cool Runnings manages to be better than most sports comedies. This film is a classic of sports comedies, and should get more recognition. This is a good film to watch with friends, and you're guaranteed plenty of laughs. John Candy is great here, and his performance alone makes this film worth seeing. Cool Runnings is a childhood favorite of mine, and is a film worth seeing. The films plot may seem a tad ridiculous, but it's totally worth watching. A fun filled comedy that will make you laugh.
October 9, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

"Cool Runnings" is a film that shouldn't be good, but is. It isn't a masterpiece, it doesn't excel in any particular technique of filmmaking, nor is the acting the greatest, or the directing impossible to repeat. Yet, it is a film that makes you feel, in many different ways.

Telling the story of the first Jamaican bobsled team, and starring John Candy, Leon, Doug E.Doug and others, the film delivers a compelling, emotional, story that inspires at the same time.

As I said earlier, technical aspects or acting/directing aspects, aren't the best. They don't make the film what it is. What makes the film is the brilliant, and also true, story behind it.

The underdogs, a Jamaican bobsled team, it all seems ridiculous. You hate the characters at the beginning, they managed to irritate me in many different ways, but by the end, you have made friends and you're rooting more than any of the crowds that probably did watch the event live.

A family favourite, it can cheer you up no matter what, as you find your hairs standing on end and a tear forming in your eye by the end of this little, un-important, yet great film.

***' 3 & A Half Star
September 3, 2011
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

Entertaning, funny and inspirational, Cool Runnings, bring a good cast and screenplay. Probably the best work of Jon Turteltaub. Fresh.
July 22, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

    1. Sanka Coffie: I'm feeling very Olympic today!
    – Submitted by Philippa S (7 months ago)
    1. Sanka Coffie: Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up, it's bobsled time! Cool Runnings!
    – Submitted by Jonathan R (2 years ago)
    1. Sanka Coffie: Rise and shine!
    2. Derice Bannock: It's butt-whippin' time!
    – Submitted by Derek C (2 years ago)
    1. Sanka Coffie: Jamaica, we have a bobsled team!
    – Submitted by The Artist Formerly Known a (2 years ago)
    1. Derice Bannock: Sanka you dead man.
    2. Sanka Coffie: Yeah man.
    – Submitted by Chase J (3 years ago)
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