Gridiron Gang Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2007
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.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Despite the occasional mixed message and overwrought moment, Gridiron Gang is a sincere, moving film about a worthwhile subject
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine
January 29, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
October 1, 2006
At once uplifting and banal, "based on a true story" and abjectly "Disneyfied," the formula is also -- apparently -- endlessly profitable.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
October 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: B
Bartley Morrisroe
Premiere Magazine
September 20, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
September 18, 2006
The movie constantly teeters on becoming a filmed version of a Successories calendar. But The Rock's charismatic performance and Phil Joanou's sturdy direction yank hard against heart-tugging dialogue to pull the movie back with gravity and grit.
| Original Score: 3/4
Tony Medley
September 16, 2006
A touching and entertaining, well-acted star turn by The Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brent Simon
September 15, 2006
The two rapt ladies next to me at a recent screening vocally identified the pure, square-jawed machinations of an earnest script as "so sad" no fewer than 16 times.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 15, 2006
Gridiron Gang isn't just distinctive, it's downright exceptional - the kind of film that not only sustains its genre, but sets a legitimate benchmark if not a high watermark for future entries to aspire to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 15, 2006
[The Rock is] really quite affecting as a regular kinda guy...
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John Anderson
September 15, 2006
Auds will respond, either to the uplifting message and the solid action sequences.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 15, 2006
Gridiron entertains and makes a powerful point about the faults inherent in the penal system, particularly for youths with hopes of rehabilitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 15, 2006
Many of the young actors are also quite good in a large ensemble that doesn't become the jumbled mess it could have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 15, 2006
... nearly as bleak as it is uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 15, 2006
... the former footballer and pro wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is just the rock on which to securely build a football inspiration movie like Gridiron Gang.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 15, 2006
We are drawn into Gridiron Gang to the degree that we come to recognize team members and generally appreciate their struggles toward self-respect and responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
James Hill
September 15, 2006
"Gang" doesn't excel by abandoning formula, it succeeds by making the formula work for the film, not the other way around.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008
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February 3, 2007

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February 2, 2007
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Time Out
January 25, 2007
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 6, 2007
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September 23, 2006

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September 23, 2006
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