... an extremely inefficient film, wasting time -- the movie's and ours.
| Original Score: 2/5
...no great shakes, but it's professionally realized and makes good use of the talent at hand.
| Original Score: 80/100
"Gridiron Gang" is all formula, but it's tough to blame the film for sticking with a game plan that works.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This lazy and episodic tacking (pep talk, game, pep talk, game) aggravated me because it sabotages the film's social relevance and honest-to-goodness cinematic uplift.
A corny and unbelievable 'based on a true story' drama with a canned Trevor Rabin score that could have been programmed in by computer.
| Original Score: 5/10
Well intentioned, but way too corny, way too over the top...
Were it not already taken, Angels with Dirty Faces might have been an apt alternative title for this TRUE STORY.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's unfortunate that what was undoubtedly an inspirational story could end up onscreen as such a been-there done-that hack job.
| Original Score: 1/4
This is the type of film that has nothing wrong with it, really, but that doesn't have anything particularly right with it either.
| Original Score: C+
Gang only gels as a drama because of Johnson's dedication to making Porter a human being first, and an "Inspiratron 3000" movie formula robot second.
Some movies present their whole story in a two-minute trailer, but Gridiron Gang says it all in its poster ...
| Original Score: 2/4
Dwayne Johnson pushes his emotionally charged performance so hard that you think he might pop a blood vessel.
| Original Score: C-
What was The Rock thinking? Stop coaching and start doing. Give the man something to hit.
... utterly predictable ...
| Original Score: C
Joanou rushes through the material, attempting to do justice to too many characters and juggle too many subplots to really explore any of them.
Imagine a movie comprised of inspirational clichés and absolutely nothing else.
Bad News Bangers
The film has nowhere near as many well-developed characters as it has street, prison yard and on-field brawls.
No sappy sports cliche or trite inspirational slogan is ignored.