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Crooked Arrows (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 8

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A mixed-blood Native American, Joe Logan, eager to modernize his reservation, must first prove himself to his father, the traditionalist Tribal Chairman, by rediscovering his spirit. He is tasked with coaching the reservation's high school lacrosse team which competes against the better equipped and better trained players of the elite Prep School League. Joe inspires the Native American boys and teaches them the true meaning of tribal pride. Ignited by their heritage and believing in their

PG-13,

Sports & Fitness, Drama

Oct 23, 2012

$1.8M

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An entirely predictable script that chugs along to the foregone loser-beats-odds conclusion.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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In another era, "Crooked Arrows" might have been an after-school special, perfect to have on the TV while cleaning the house; miss a scene while you're dusting under the couch, and you'll still know exactly what's happening later.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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"Crooked Arrows" gets points for its glimpses of Native American culture and history - the film's backers include the Onondaga Nation - but too many of these scenes are disappointingly static.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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"Crooked Arrows" might involve two lesser-seen screen subjects - Native Americans and lacrosse - but it still can't break free of the usual underdog sports picture tropes.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Routh ... does a killer Tom Cruise-in-"Jerry Maguire" homage in this swift little sports dramedy.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A millennial brace of lacrosse action propels Crooked Arrows through a thicket of cliches liberally planted in its path.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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This attempt at a drama is pretty routine, but it demonstrates why some clichés became clichés: because they work. [It's] basically The Bad News Bears without all of the humor, though the tone is still fairly light.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's The Mighty Ducks for lacrosse and it works.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

These aspects provide the film with a novel focus, even though all of its events are entirely predictable.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The lack of anything distinctive in execution or performance makes the film instantly forgettable.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It has charm and a refreshing cultural perspective, but the predictability is often too much to bear, tanking the potential for a proper big screen exploration of lacrosse.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

If you can't guess where these "Crooked Arrows" are going, you aren't getting out enough. But Routh is wonderfully light and laid back here, perhaps thanks to the low stakes this tiny film has.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Brandon Routh is the Emilio Estevez of Crooked Arrows.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Although it adheres to the tried-and-true sports-movie formula of an underdog team striving to overcome their limitations to become winners, Crooked Arrows lacks captivating emotional momentum.

May 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The connection between the sport and tribal traditions is compelling, but eventually the film drowns amid a slew of underdog cliches.

May 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Authentic and uplifting, it's a feel-good, family movie.

May 28, 2012 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

While 'Crooked Arrows' certainly isn't a good film by any objective standard, it has a good heart, and proves far more tolerable than many blockbuster sports movies.

May 21, 2012 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Comment (1)
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