Draft Day (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Draft Day (2014)



Critic Consensus: It's perfectly pleasant for sports buffs and Costner fans, but overall, Draft Day lives down to its title by relying too heavily on the sort of by-the-numbers storytelling that only a statistician could love.

Movie Info

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. (c) Lionsgatemore
Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and sexual references)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Rothman, Rajiv Joseph
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2014
Box Office: $28.8M
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


Kevin Costner
as Sonny Weaver, Jr.
Denis Leary
as Coach Penn
Ellen Burstyn
as Barb Weaver
Frank Langella
as Anthony Molina
Chadwick Boseman
as Vontae Mack
Terry Crews
as Earl Jennings
Josh Pence
as Bo Callahan
David Ramsey
as Thompson
Wade Williams
as O'Reilly
Chi McBride
as Walt Gordon
W. Earl Brown
as Ralph Mowry
Brad William Henke
as Tony "Bagel" Bagli
Kevin Dunn
as Marvin
Patrick St. Esprit
as Tom Michaels
Arian Foster
as Ray Jennings
Pat Healey
as Jeff Carson
Wallace Langham
as Pete Begler
Chris Berman
as Himself
Mel Kiper
as Himself
Jon Gruden
as Himself
Mike Mayock
as Himself
Tony Rizzo
as Himself
Jordan Harris
as Vontae's Nephew
Richard Littlejohn
as Vontae's Nephew
Enré Laney
as Attractive Woman
Bernard Canepari
as War Room Scout
Christopher Mele
as War Room Scout
Leilani Barrett
as War Room Scout
Michael Cipiti
as War Room Scout
Justin Zabor
as War Room Scout
Aswan Harris
as War Room Intern
Alex Mack
as Himself
Tom Welling
as Brian Drew
John Lee
as Locker Room Player
Sam Elliott
as Coach Moore
Russ Brandon
as Himself
Marc Honan
as Himself
Erin Drake
as Seahawks Fan
Quincy Dunn-Baker
as Seahawks Fan
Tom Headlee
as Wyndham
Rich Eisen
as Himself
Patrick Breen
as Bill Zotti
David Dunn
as Vontae's Agent
Ray Lewis
as Himself
Stephen Hill
as Robert Starks
James Brewer
as Nate Davies
Ramses Barden
as Draft Day Player
Zoltan Mesko
as Draft Day Player
Demario Davis
as Draft Day Player
Margot Danis
as Bo Callahan's Girlfr...
Leanora Haselrig
as Vontae's Girlfriend
Jennifer McMahan
as Brian Drew's Wife
Sophie Guest
as Brian Drew's Daughte...
Brenda Adrine
as Vontae's Grandmother
Edwina Hadley
as Vontae's Grandmother
Ken Fiore
as Himself
Joel Bussert
as Himself
Sammy Choi
as Himself
Mike Florio
as Himself
Alex Marvez
as Himself
Jim Brown
as Himself
Bernie Kosar
as Himself
Phil Taylor
as Himself
TJ Ward
as Himself
Aaron Hill
as Andre Bello
Michael Fisher
as Football Coordinator
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News & Interviews for Draft Day

Critic Reviews for Draft Day

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (38)

Ivan Reitman's dull-witted movie about the flurries of player trading on N.F.L. draft day might be a commercial for professional football.

Full Review… | April 21, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

However unintentionally, "Draft Day" confirms that sports rewards heroes and villains alike. Remember Jerry Sandusky?

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
Critic's Notebook

It all gets rather corny, but Costner's charisma will keep you watching until the final whistle.

Full Review… | February 1, 2015
Movie Talk

Sports film fans will lap [Draft Day] up but others may struggle to keep their heads in the game.

Full Review… | January 23, 2015
The Skinny

This is a dangerous slice of propaganda that actually has the temerity to end with a family unit walking arm-in-arm into a rosy sunset.

Full Review… | December 29, 2014
Film Freak Central

Plays like Moneyball-lite ...

Full Review… | October 5, 2014
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Draft Day


One of the rare films where Costner's understated and wooden persona is actually effective. I enjoyed the film quite a bit.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


While not really plausible and lacking the emotional connection it is striving for, Draft Day is nonetheless a fun and effective movie about the NFL draft and all of the craziness involved. It's cool to sort of get a view of the draft from a perspective other than as a fan. Kevin Costner is his usual self as the general manager: likable and effective, but doesn't knock it out of the park. The supporting cast is filled in nicely by Denis Leary as the coach, Jennifer Garner as the girlfriend, Frank Langella as the team owner, Ellen Burstyn as Costner's widowed mother, and Arian Foster &Chadwick Boseman as a draft prospects. This film has funny parts, exciting moments, and just gets enough right that I found myself enjoying it despite the flaws and leaps in logic of plenty of the people involved in the ridiculous trades that occur. Recommended for the entertainment factor if you like football, but probably not worth it otherwise.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

One of Director, Ivan Reitman's finest films in years. This film scores with honest drama and some enjoyable laughs. A real touchdown that has plenty of heart and is well-crafted and wonderfully performed. A beautifully character driven and utterly original piece of work. It has a great story and a truly better cast who all work tremendously well together. Kevin Costner is at his best, his aged charm, style and dedication make his character likeable and a winner. One of his best performances in years. Jennifer Gardner is excellent. Denis Leary is brilliant. Frank Langella is terrific.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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