The Longshots Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
It has a nice message, and despite the fact that I feel he's been totally emasculated over the years, Cube remains a solid actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 12, 2009
Durst's surprisingly gentle and understated direction lends the proceedings authenticity even when they cover the most pro forma ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christian Toto
Donne Tempo
December 19, 2008
Ice Cube brings his family film "A" game to The Longshots
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
A winner for the whole family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
September 5, 2008
It's rare to see a well-made movie that empowers young girls the way this one does. So who am I to complain about the plot being formulaic?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
September 4, 2008
It's a by-the-numbers Hollywood movie, but a surprisingly competent one.
Full Review | Original Score: 52/100
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 29, 2008
...sensitive, well-attuned performances [from] Ice Cube and [Keke] Palmer...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
August 28, 2008
The most surprising thing about the inspirational sports movie The Longshots is not that there isn't already an inspirational sports movie with that exact name. The big shock is that the director Fred Durst -- and he doesn't do half bad.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
August 24, 2008
A pleasant, if predictable, tale of female empowerment ideal for the under ten set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
August 22, 2008
Well, at least the underdog formula has gotten so tight that we can wrap these things up in under 90 minutes.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
August 22, 2008
We're left with an unforced, sweet-natured story about people who find small ways to touch others and rediscover the good in themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2008
The Longshots is a likable enough Cinderella story, one whose heart is clearly in the right place, even if it winds up on its sleeve once too often.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 22, 2008
This genuinely affecting movie, based on a true story, has a heart as big as a football field even when its plot points are telegraphed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 22, 2008
Its charms, however slight or familiar, are present and its family-friendly characters and dialogue are refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 22, 2008
Durst keeps the story rooted in the desperation of a dying town, and that gives this formulaic family fare a slight edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Mike Mayo
Washington Post
August 22, 2008
The film works so well because the sports elements are the least important.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 22, 2008
If I've seen one movie about a team of underdogs, I've seen a dozen. But I hadn't seen The Longshots before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
August 21, 2008
Director Fred Durst, yes you are reading that correctly, made a very noticeable debut with this true story that is full of cliches but a ton of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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