• PG-13, 2 hr. 16 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Thomas Carter (II)
    In Theaters:
    Jan 14, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 21, 2005
  • Paramount Pictures


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Coach Carter Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

With another in a long line of strong performances by Jackson, and some excellent basketball choreography, Coach Carter is fun, hopeful, occasionally silly and, what can I say, inspiring.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6/10

March 18, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Engaging film with a terrific message.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2010
Cole Smithey

Samuel Jackson returns to form behind a long string of disappointing performances as an ethically minded basketball coach at a tough inner city high school in Richmond, California.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B-

April 16, 2009
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

While the film is over the top at times, Coach Carter has a big heart that doesn't shy away from challenging the American education system.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

December 30, 2008
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

By making the choices the filmmakers did here, we get a movie that may not be profound, but it's both highly entertaining for its sports and fascinating for its social issues.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 74/100

December 11, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the movie is more concerned with the characters than with the sport. So it's a movie for anyone to enjoy.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

December 11, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

There's a kick butt performance from Samuel Jackson, the master of the take-no-prisoners motormouth school of acting, even if it is only a high school gym.

Full Review

March 24, 2007
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

Far from groundbreaking--in fact, it doesn't have an original bone in its body--but as inspirational sports movies go, it's not half-bad.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Mark Moring
Christianity Today

Its main flaws are an overabundance of sports-movie clichés and hackneyed phrases, but at least the final game doesn't have a predictable ending; I'll give it that much.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2006
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine

On paper a routine sports yarn. On screen, thanks to Jackson refusing to phone it in, far more satisfying than you might expect.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2006
S. James Wegg
Film Threat

Cinematographer Sharon Meir and film editor Peter Berger brilliantly capture the magic, thrills and extraordinary talent of the fear-inspired players, putting their hearts and souls into the game.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Formulaico, é verdade, mas inteligente o bastante para utilizar os clichês a seu favor, sem se esquecer de incluir bons diálogos e uma mensagem relevante.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2005
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

Slam Dunk!

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 5/5

July 12, 2005
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Saved by bursts of energy and inventiveness.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 5, 2005


Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 5, 2005
Scott Weinberg

Without Sam L. Jackson on hand, I suspect Coach Carter would be almost too generic to even deal with.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 12, 2005
Matthew Turner

[Jackson] is, of course, born to shout things at teenagers on basketball courts and he delivers all the time-honoured usual speeches with his customary brilliance

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

February 26, 2005
Neil Smith

Over long and deeply manipulative, Coach Carter should nonetheless be praised for its far-from-fashionable celebration of personal advancement through academic achievement.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 8, 2005
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum

Put this movie on your must see list and enjoy a truly uplifting sports story.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2005

Ebert & Roeper
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May 27, 2005

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January 14, 2005
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