• 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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The main problem with Coach Carter can be summed up simply: too much sermonizing.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Each of the side stories is played out in excruciating detail and seems to exist in entirely different movies, all of which will be tied up into bows by the end.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2005
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

Even Samuel L. Jackson's performance can't save this glorified press release from its "been there, done that" fate.

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

January 13, 2005
Chris Barsanti
Slant Magazine

As the film grinds on, without any actual actors to work against, Jackson starts to look marooned and eventually seems to give up trying.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 12, 2005
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

A mealy conglomeration of high-school-sports movies, teacher-who-motivates-students movies, and inner-city-kids-have-a-tough-life movies.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

January 13, 2005
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

If you can claw your way through some ugly material and shoddy direction, there are some good messages here that can be warmly received.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: C

January 14, 2005
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

How terribly ironic that the story of an educator who dared to challenge the mental capacity of his students can produce a film that so shamelessly spoon-feeds its audience.

Full Review Source: DVD Review

December 22, 2008
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

Like every other inspiring teacher/coach movie, only less so.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 17, 2005
Leigh Singer
Film4

A worthy addition to familiar triumph-of-the-underdog stories.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 25, 2008
Eric Melin
Kansas City Star

If not for the commanding presence of Samuel L. Jackson in the title role, this paint-by-numbers sports movie wouldn't have anything going for it.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 14, 2005
Chris Tilly
Time Out
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Although this is an inspirational genre pic that pushes all the requisite buttons throughout, you canâ(TM)t help but feel that rather than benching the team, director Thomas Carter should have benched a few of those ham-fisted sporting clichĂ (C)s instead.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Entertaining ... but you do wish they'd tell the tale without funnelling it through Hollywood's inspirational movie assembly line.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 16, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The movie's 'message' -- life is more than just sports -- is delivered with the delicacy of a piano dropped from a fifth-story window.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 13, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Nothing but the coach's gutsy move and the fact that it really happened distinguishes this movie from a litany of past basketball dramas.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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How do you put this message across without it seeming medicinal? Sure, MTV is among the movie's producers, but what 11th grader wants to spend a Friday night being hit with such a blunt instrument?

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 14, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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While there's no denying its positive message, there's also no denying that it offers absolutely nothing fresh or innovative.

| Original Score: D+

January 14, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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No one will be surprised to learn that Jackson's Coach Carter is a shining slab of steel-rod charisma.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 14, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Carter gives every sports-drama cliche a chance to play. No bad idea is benched.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

January 27, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/4

July 5, 2005

There is a lot of excitement and tension as the team progresses in the season. The only problem is the need to show every game - it suffers from overkill.

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

January 14, 2005
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January 14, 2005

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January 15, 2005

Boston Phoenix
January 15, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
May 27, 2005

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