Legendary Reviews

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Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 9, 2010
Cena?s a game actor, but imagining him in the same gene pool as the petite Clarkson or the scrawny Graye is too much of a stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 29, 2010
Not nearly cinematic enough or well-written enough to take that doozy of a step that so often separates "inspirational" and "hokey."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 26, 2010
As schmaltzy after-school special/Hallmark Hall of Fame family fare goes, Legendary isn't so bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
September 16, 2010
There is something comical about the way the movie tries to integrate Cena's massively muscled torso into its chosen atmosphere of casual realism. He looks like something out of Transformers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 10, 2010
Clarkson cries on cue, perhaps recalling what an awful film she's in.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 10, 2010
Follows a straight narrative line to its cliched ending without a deviation from formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
September 10, 2010
Predictable but moving sports drama goes beyond wrestling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 10, 2010
Even in our current culture of devalued vocabulary, it takes a lot of chutzpah to make a movie about a high school kid who wins a few wrestling matches and title it 'Legendary.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 10, 2010
This isn't paint by numbers - it's color by numbers, with dull crayons. The only reason to see it is if you happen to want to be a Patricia Clarkson completist.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 10, 2010
Exactly what you might expect, right down to the montage of blindfolded tussling, jogging and high-fives to the tune of unrelenting inspirational music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 10, 2010
It may not live up to that grandiose title, but this rousingly sweet little flick is certainly nothing to go out of your way to avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 10, 2010
A by-the-numbers sports drama with a death grip on clichés and acting every bit as flat as the mat...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
September 10, 2010
Stix Dig Hick Pix? A firmly Middle American high-school drama, set in small-town Oklahoma, about classical wrestling, starring a sports-entertainment wrestler and produced by World Wrestling Entertainment.
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
September 10, 2010
The kind of fake movie that you sometimes see in the background of real movies as a joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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David Roark
Dallas Morning News
September 10, 2010
Legendary relies heavily on veteran actors Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover. However good they are, they're incapable of making it any better than a made-for-TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2010
Patricia Clarkson's charismatic warmth elevates an awkward inspirational sports drama.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
September 10, 2010
Better thesped and helmed than its schmaltzy premise probably warrants.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 10, 2010
Every emotional moment is punctuated by plinking piano, and every wrestling match is underscored by hard rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
September 9, 2010
An unpretentious film with a predictable storyline benefits from some sharp dialog and the always watchable Patricia Clarkson.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 9, 2010
Riddled with as many predictable moves as any pro wrestling match...so trite a collection of cliches that it wouldn't even pass muster as a Hallmark special.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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