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Facing the Giants (2006)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 21

The tropes of both football and evangelical movies are gracelessly on parade in this banal, insipid drama.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

The tropes of both football and evangelical movies are gracelessly on parade in this banal, insipid drama.



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A failing high-school football coach finds that in order to succeed he must convince his team that there's more to sports than fame and glory in an inspirational tale of courage on the gridiron and the power of God's word. Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick) has been coaching the Shiloh Eagles for six years, and he has yet to realize his dream of a winning season. When the team's star player transfers schools, the first three games of the new season show no promise for improvement, troubles at home


Drama, Faith & Spirituality

Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick

Jan 30, 2007


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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (21) | DVD (5)

By preaching to the converted so heavy-handedly, the filmmakers fumble an opportunity to reach beyond their target demo of devout churchgoers.

October 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (9)
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Facing the Giants feels like an overly earnest church sketch of the type many evangelical congregations use as a teaching tool on Sunday between the worship music and pastor's message.

September 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
Los Angeles Times
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Those looking for an evening's diversion will find it an amateur exercise that has the feel of a film-school project.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Comments (3)
Seattle Times
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The wholesomeness of the message and the movie's cast make it feel 1950s retro.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comments (2)
Orlando Sentinel
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I'm not about to argue with the message, but the delivery system sinks below the level of after-school special, and the acting matches.

September 29, 2006 | Comments (3)
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The religious proselytizing in this football movie is about as subtle as a blindside hit by a 300-pound defensive end.

September 28, 2006 | Comments (6)
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Faith-based pigskin tale.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Kendrick needs to learn that didacticism isn't a film aesthetic.

September 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The separation of church and cinema amounts to a long yard at most in this high school football sermon from Georgia-based Baptist pastor Alex Kendrick.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Earnest but amateurish.

January 30, 2007 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Comments (3)
EDGE Boston

In a season in which Invincible and Gridiron Gang already have laid claim to the title of inspirational football movie, this looks like an also-ran.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Comments (2)
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Its feel-good storyline, shopworn message, and bottomless sermonizing would have played better in Sunday school than on the big screen, which is -- let's face it -- Babylon's turf.

November 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comments (4)
Austin Chronicle

Here's a badly acted movie with a terrific story line that makes it well worth seeing.

November 14, 2006 Full Review | Comments (4)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A sermon much more than it is a movie.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Comments (3)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Most of the actors read their lines earnestly but flatly, and Kendrick has done them no favors by pushing them to play broad comedy in some scenes and anguished drama in others.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Comment (1)
Kalamazoo Gazette

Fitfully entertaining… To reach a broader audience, though, the filmmakers will have to scrap their playbook and learn a whole new set of rules.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Comments (2)
Decent Films Guide

Would seem sincere enough, but it's just a chain of ludicrous cliches of both the sports and religious variety.

October 8, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Comments (5)
One Guy's Opinion

For it to have any appeal for persons who do not share the movie's beliefs would indeed be miraculous -- it's appallingly bad as anything other than a sermon.

October 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (11)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Facing the Giants falls victim to the tell-don't-show brand of filmmaking, in which every character always says exactly what he's feeling and every time a character's flaws are pointed out to him, they are immediately corrected.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Comments (3)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

If it cannot avoid the clichés of both the sports film and the inspirational film, at least Facing the Giants leavens its message with good humor.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Comment (1)
Kansas City Star

When a film is as unintentionally corny as this one, it's anyone's guess as to how many viewers can stomach all the schmaltz for the positive message at the end.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comments (3)
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Facing the Giants

this is a really inspiring movie. my expectations for it were on the floor before i watched it, but i actually really liked it.
September 5, 2009
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Facing The Giants is better then "Friday Night Lights", but not quite a "Remember The Titans." It stands as my second favorite football movie ever.

I watched this with not high hopes as I did not know any of the actors and honestly I dont really care for religion. I personally am Agonostic and do not really know if I even believe in God, let alone powers to make a losing team a winning team, but the movie has some intense scenes.

While I dont neccesarily care for Christanity this movie shows a deep sense of faith, hope, honor, glory, and committment. It has everything that a football player, and a person in general should have. The actors although hardly known turn out with amazing performances, the plot is convincing and carries interest through out the entire movie, and it has some of the most memorable football scenes a sports movie can offer.

It's truly a touching film, that I cannot wait to buy.
October 27, 2008

Super Reviewer

An uplifting Christian-heavy football movie with a decent budget. Sappy and predictable at times, it offers hope for those who need to win. There were respectable production values considering the movie was funded by a smaller studio.
June 13, 2008

Super Reviewer

One of The best Movies I have seen in a long time, Its good to still see that a movie that includes religion still makes it to the big Screen. If you love the lord and Love friday night football you will Love this movie.
January 19, 2008
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

    1. Bobby Lee Duke: Any time someone puts forth the effort to put God in our lives, we should applaud them.
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