Glory Road Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2008
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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 27, 2006
An underdog sports movie by the numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 26, 2006
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.
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Matt Singer
Village Voice
January 17, 2006
The team's accomplishments are here diluted into fodder for another of the producer's feel-good man-weepies.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 14, 2006
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 13, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
January 13, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 13, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 13, 2006
Glory Road abandons the clinical and compelling storytelling of the great recent Disney hockey movie Miracle, and aims instead for the contrived sentimentality of the slightly less great Remember the Titans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 13, 2006
When a movie this corny still inspires, 'feel good' feels just right. Stay through the credits, when the 'real' coach and players talk, and you'll see the real Glory in this tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 13, 2006
Really, the material is ripe for Hoop Dreams documentary treatment, but instead we get hoop hyperbole from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 13, 2006
As Coach Haskins would say, it wins because it sticks to the fundamentals.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 13, 2006
Glory Road is a pure Hollywood fantasy. As movie fiction, however, I guess it is entertaining enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 13, 2006
In the end, a sports movie is only as good as the adrenalin rush it provides in the climactic match, and there, finally, Glory Road hits on all cylinders with nonstop action and a powerful emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 13, 2006
It's a well-trod path, this 'via de basketball,' but Glory Road makes it worth the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 13, 2006
If the facts of the story are essentially true, their presentation is as formulaic as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 13, 2006
Glory Road is a can't-lose slam dunk of a movie, the sort of film that charges right over its minor flaws thanks to good intentions, fine execution and a breathless air of excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 13, 2006
All involved with the project play the game with enthusiasm and purpose, which is all we really require from a committed team and an affirmative movie like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 13, 2006
While Bruckheimer and Co. stretch the gospel theme too far and leave no emotional waypoint unmarked, Glory Road largely works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 13, 2006
A well-meaning movie that slides downhill like a runaway ball of cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 13, 2006
Is it time already for another based-on-a-true-story feel-good Disney sports drama? Didn't that golf movie, The Greatest Game Ever Played, just come out?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 12, 2006
Sometimes it takes a sports movie to remind us how far we've come as a country -- and to marvel at how we got here at all, in our awkward combination of leaps and baby steps.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2006
By knocking the edges off Glory Road, Bruckheimer has turned a raw, compelling story into bland pudding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 12, 2006
It's one helluva story, and if this moving, and even thrilling little movie finally brings Haskins and a truly great American sports story to light, then three cheers and hooray.
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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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 12, 2006
This season's obligatory inspirational coach-centered sports movie finds its true story at a point where sports history intersects with the struggle for racial equality.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
January 12, 2006
It's a terrific story of a team of Davids with hoop dreams running a gantlet of patrician Goliaths against a backdrop of momentous social change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
January 12, 2006
First-time director James Gartner's movie is less a study of race than it is a fast break of underdog clichés and 'inspirational' speeches.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 12, 2006
Glory Road is a rah-rah piece of inspirationalism from Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who obviously wants to go one better on his Remember the Titans.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 12, 2006
Glory Road, a stand-up-and-cheer basketball tale taken from real life, is a drama that, almost inevitably, falls short of its subject. But what a subject!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 12, 2006
Glory Road plays fast and loose with some of the facts leading up to that event. But that certainly gives it dramatic punch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 12, 2006
That core audience should be generally pleased with Glory Road, a college basketball story as predictable as North Carolina's old four-corner offense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 12, 2006
Where it succeeds is as the story of a chapter in history, the story of how one coach at one school arrived at an obvious conclusion and acted on it, and helped open college sports in the South to generations of African Americans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 11, 2006
A slick package with the wrinkles of real life smoothed clean out of it.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 11, 2006
Remember the Titans? Forget about them! Here's a new Jerry Bruckheimer production that places its secular faith in an almighty audience appetite for underdogs, sports, and dramas in which wrongs are righted by good-looking Americans.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Brian Lowry
Variety
January 9, 2006
A slick enterprise buoyed by a Motown-flavored '60s soundtrack and an appealing ensemble cast.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 9, 2006
Glory Road's strength is the way in which it blends social awareness into the sports genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 6, 2006
This Jerry Bruckheimer production, directed by commercial director James Gartner in a solid feature debut, should please male fans as well as those who don't mind a dose of social commentary with their sports heroics.