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Gridiron Gang Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

It's a difficult balancing act between gang life and the sports film where inspiring moments can very easily become maudlin and wearing. Gridiron Gang slips and stumbles a bit in the second half but for the most part makes it across whole.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6/10

March 22, 2011
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Dwayne Johnson pushes his emotionally charged performance so hard that you think he might pop a blood vessel.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

April 25, 2009

The surprisingly effective Gridiron Gang will find its way into that harshly defended emotional endzone, even if they might not necessarily admit it to their friends.

Full Review Source: UGO

March 24, 2007
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Despite the occasional mixed message and overwrought moment, Gridiron Gang is a sincere, moving film about a worthwhile subject

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Watchable, decently made drama with some strong performances, but the script is disappointing given the real-life story behind the film.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

February 1, 2007
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine

What begins as a series of pleasant revelations and a deft example of genre defiance is nearly crippled by cliche in its second half, but The Rock's surprising dramatic magnetism will hold you until the final whistle.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 29, 2007
Kam Williams
EURWeb

It's unfortunate that what was undoubtedly an inspirational story could end up onscreen as such a been-there done-that hack job.

Full Review Source: EURWeb | Original Score: 1/4

January 17, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the film's various problems [are] exacerbated by a ridiculously overlong running time (it's 125 minutes!)

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 10, 2007
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's technically well-made, but lacks the writing or acting skills to make it work.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2/5

December 30, 2006
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Gridiron Gang is enjoyable enough, but it is also manipulative, melodramatic and pretty much interchangeable with the recent basketball film Coach Carter.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 9, 2006
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

The trite script waters down and trivializes its subject matter, almost to the point of negating any emotional impact.

Full Review

October 9, 2006
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

At once uplifting and banal, "based on a true story" and abjectly "Disneyfied," the formula is also -- apparently -- endlessly profitable.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

October 1, 2006
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The philosophy espoused in Gridiron Gang places the team above the individual, but the film is carried on the broad shoulders of the charismatic Johnson.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B

October 1, 2006
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

Mostly the movie barrels toward you, stiff-armed.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 23, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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If The Rock could clone himself to appear in juvenile halls across the country, the recidivism rate would get body-slammed within a few weeks.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

September 23, 2006
Bartley Morrisroe
Premiere Magazine

But can The Rock pull off a dramatic role? Surprisingly, for the most part, the answer is yes, and the film is a success for it.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Another 'true story' inspirational sports movie, and you pretty much know whether or not it's your brand of jockstrap from that fact alone.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 20, 2006
Susan Granger
Modamag.com

No sappy sports cliche or trite inspirational slogan is ignored.

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 5/10

September 20, 2006
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

Bad News Bangers

September 20, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Well intentioned, but way too corny, way too over the top...

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 18, 2006
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