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Crooked Arrows Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2012
Fred Topel

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

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 6 out of 10

June 21, 2012
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

June 8, 2012
Michael Dequina

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 4, 2012
Brian Orndorf

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

June 3, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

June 2, 2012
Gayle MacDonald
Globe and Mail
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An entirely predictable script that chugs along to the foregone loser-beats-odds conclusion.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

June 1, 2012
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

Brandon Routh is the Emilio Estevez of Crooked Arrows.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 1, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

June 1, 2012
Daniel M. Gold
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 1, 2012
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles 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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 31, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Routh ... does a killer Tom Cruise-in-"Jerry Maguire" homage in this swift little sports dramedy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2012
Ronnie Scheib
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A millennial brace of lacrosse action propels Crooked Arrows through a thicket of cliches liberally planted in its path.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 31, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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It's an often-awkward niche film enlivened by impressive on-field action scenes. But those can't get it beyond a predictable sports underdogs-fight-back plot.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 31, 2012
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Despite referring to the tribe as "my people," Routh is wholly miscast, yet his ill-fitting presence is part and parcel of the plotting's general illogicality.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 29, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Time Out New York
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A by-the-numbers triumph-of-the-underdog flick.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

May 29, 2012
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 29, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

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

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May 28, 2012
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

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

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 8/10

May 28, 2012
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

May 21, 2012
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