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Glory Road Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

March 22, 2011
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

It's a safe and succinct tribute to a powerful true story, a breezy historical drama that aims for the gut more than the heart. And it succeeds in only that dimension, as an inescapably escapist one-course meal. But what history it has to work with.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 1, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...reduces a compelling, complex sports story to a fairy tale.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: C

January 13, 2006
Mark Keizer
Los Angeles CityBeat

Disney probably issues an instruction manual to directors assigned one of its inspirational sports movies.

January 17, 2006
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'Glory Road' doesn't achieve cinematic glory because it fails to add personality or connect with anything below the surface.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

January 16, 2006
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

Like a moderately exciting amusement ride; occasionally fun, but after years of riding this same plot, the same old twists and turns get awfully tiring.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: C+

January 13, 2006
Tim Grierson

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

Full Review Source: Screendaily

July 23, 2008
Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal

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.

Full Review Source: Bright Lights Film Journal | Original Score: 2.0/5

February 2, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The big game at the end of the film has the momentum and rhythm of a really exciting basketball game. It's just that the 90 minutes that come before that scene aren't so great.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2006
Todd Gilchrist

There are far too many "dramatic music" cues - you know, the Aaron Copland-influenced ones that creep in just as the actor is about to say something truly important.

Full Review Source:

January 12, 2006
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Viewed as a re-creation of a watershed moment, Glory Road is sturdy, efficient, perhaps even worthy. Taken as cinema, however, it falls far short of inspiring.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2006
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A disingenuous, disrespectful reduction of a difficult, often-painful plight into a rousing fairy tale.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

January 10, 2006
Kam Williams

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 0/4

May 2, 2007
Eric D. Snider

If you have not already seen Remember the Titans or Miracle or The Rookie or Hoosiers or Coach Carter or Rudy or The Bad News Bears or The Mighty Ducks then perhaps you will love Glory Road.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

January 13, 2006
Brian Orndorf

There is simply nothing resembling real life in the film, just basic cable motivations and infantile storytelling that somehow lucked itself into a big screen release pattern and budget.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

January 12, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2006
Joshua Tyler

The players and coaches of Texas Western changed the sport of basketball forever; Glory Road accomplishes nothing.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 13, 2006

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.

Full Review Source: UGO

March 24, 2007
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

The movie tries to push every button and please everyone involved, and its expressway of good intentions is little more than just a patchy re-paving job

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2006
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A sweaty package of sports movie cliches.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: C-

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