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Glory Road (2006)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 83 | Rotten: 67

As formulaic as sports movies get, this underdog story still triumphs on the strength of its inspiring story.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 15

As formulaic as sports movies get, this underdog story still triumphs on the strength of its inspiring story.



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A true-life story of a basketball team who broke down barriers while racking up victories is the basis for this sports drama. Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) was a high school and college basketball star who, after six years of working with high school teams, became the head coach at Texas Western University in 1962. At that time, Texas Western's basketball program was not well respected, but Haskins was determined to change that, and in 1966 Haskins assembled what he was certain was a winning team.

Jun 6, 2006


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First-time director James Gartner observes all the rituals--the coach busting chops, the team sneaking out to party--but the players are indifferently characterized and the civil rights story has a fake Black History Month feel.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Glory Road is a rousing and worthy tribute to one of the most important college basketball teams and one of the most important championship games of all time.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The team's accomplishments are here diluted into fodder for another of the producer's feel-good man-weepies.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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An appealing Disney sports movie that underplays its potential, Glory Road is at least a more satisfying basketball saga than last year's Coach Carter.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Lacking the gritty reality of the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, this Jerry Bruckheimer film, directed by newcomer James Gartner, converts a year in the life of a basketball team into a very conventional triumph of the underdogs.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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OK, so you really don't need me to tell you about Glory Road if you've ever seen a sports movie before. Just get out your sports-movie-cliché checklist and a pencil.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Like most sports films Glory Road works best when it is actually showcasing its sport ... off the court, however, it's alternately flat and didactic. Director Gartner goes to great pains to drill the films message in, early and often.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

Glory Road doesn't have any of the individual moments that humanized Hoosiers, The Rookie, and Miracle. It's a feel-good sports movie by the numbers.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Bright Lights Film Journal
Bright Lights Film Journal

Playing out like Remember The Titans for basketball fans, Glory Road is yet another would-be inspirational true story that follows sports-movie conventions.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily

Why must Hollywood lace every African-American drama with elements of comedy, as if black people find everything comical?

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

It isn't meant to be a movie that makes us think, or that makes us uneasy in any way. It's meant to make us feel good.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Trying to make a sports movie for the entire family is understandable, but it makes a complicated story like Glory Road feel more like Disney than reality.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

This is the type of story that's better suited to the documentary format.

December 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An underdog sports movie by the numbers.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Like Hoosiers, this Jerry Bruckheimer film is a David and Goliath sports saga that holds just as much suspense and interest no matter how many times you watch it.

November 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's Remember the Titans on the basketball court. Count it right up there with the best of Disney's fine sports flicks.

August 24, 2006
Christianity Today

History wins in by-the-numbers sports flick ...

July 27, 2006 Full Review's ultimately rather difficult not to get caught up in this inspirational true-life tale.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Determinado a ressaltar a importância da história que está contando, o filme mergulha em erros factuais, maniqueísmos e clichês, transformando algo significativo em puro água-com-açúcar.

May 18, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Gartner makes a hash of the game scenes and must resort to voiceover sportscasters to explain what's happening.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A darn good story, told with enough conviction and impact to connect with people who don't know the difference between a three-pointer and a field goal.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

The familiar territory covered here may leave you wishing for something that digs deeper into the soul of a sportsman's passion.

March 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The true story is fascinating, groundbreaking and inspirational. It's a shame the cinematic treatment is predictable, conventional and trite.

February 21, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

All you need to know: it's a sports movie about race produced by Jerry Bruckheimer

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The problem is not that they made the wrong movie, but that the movie they decided to make wasn't very good.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Audience Reviews for Glory Road

Glory Road is a pretty good sports drama, yet it uses all the usual clichés to tell its story. That's the thing I noticed with every sports films, no matter what story kit is, no matter how they spin it, it always ends up feeling like the same old film. I'm not saying that this is a bad film; however I do think that every sports drama navigates the usual territory that every other film in the genre tends to go through. The story is good, and the cast do a good job in their roles. The film works well enough to be an entertaining drama, but it is also flawed. I liked the film, but to be honest, I never really was a big Basketball all fan, so I simply view this one as a watchable, but quite forgettable sports drama. For what it is, it's an entertaining film, but it's no different than other film in this genre. The cast are good in their roles, and Josh Lucas delivers a performance that saves this film from being a total disappointment. Though a good film, this isn't a film I would rewatch again. I simply felt that it relied too much on the traditional clichés established in previous sports dramas that came before it. Though a worthy film to watch, Glory Road doesn't stand out. I enjoyed it for what it was, but felt it was missing something to really make it stand out. For me anyways, one of the best sports dramas that tried something totally new was Moneyball. Glory Road isn't a revolutionary film, but it's entertaining to say the least.
May 11, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Cliche, yes but a good cliche type of movie. Descent to good acting and a great story make for a good sports film here.
October 2, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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    1. Don Haskins: Texas Western down in El Paso. Hey, after the game, when you get a minute I'd like to talk to you about playin' for me.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (44 days ago)
    1. Don Haskins: Jason, Don Haskins, Texas Western.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (44 days ago)
    1. Willie "Scoops" Cager: They're tryin' to take our dignity away from us.
    2. Don Haskins: Your dignity's inside. Nobody can take somethin' away from you that you don't give them.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (44 days ago)
    1. Orsten Artis: No, I'm lookin' for el hot dog-o.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (44 days ago)
    1. Don Haskins: You'll play basketball my way. My way is hard.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (44 days ago)
    1. Don Haskins: Hey, hey, Winnaker, Winnaker, do you want me to get you a skirt? I'll get you a skirt if you keep playin' like a girl!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (44 days ago)
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