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Glory Road Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 22, 2011
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
February 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 13, 2006
...reduces a compelling, complex sports story to a fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Keizer
Los Angeles CityBeat
January 17, 2006
Disney probably issues an instruction manual to directors assigned one of its inspirational sports movies.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 16, 2006
'Glory Road' doesn't achieve cinematic glory because it fails to add personality or connect with anything below the surface.
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
January 13, 2006
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 | Original Score: C+
Tim Grierson
Screendaily
July 23, 2008
Playing out like Remember The Titans for basketball fans, Glory Road is yet another would-be inspirational true story that follows sports-movie conventions.
Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal
February 2, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.0/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 12, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
January 12, 2006
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.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 12, 2006
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 10, 2006
A disingenuous, disrespectful reduction of a difficult, often-painful plight into a rousing fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
DallasBlack.com
May 2, 2007
Why must Hollywood lace every African-American drama with elements of comedy, as if black people find everything comical?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 13, 2006
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 | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
January 12, 2006
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 | Original Score: D
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Gartner makes a hash of the game scenes and must resort to voiceover sportscasters to explain what's happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
January 13, 2006
The players and coaches of Texas Western changed the sport of basketball forever; Glory Road accomplishes nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 24, 2007
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.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
January 12, 2006
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
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 14, 2006
A sweaty package of sports movie cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
January 22, 2006

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January 14, 2006
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