• PG, 2 hr. 15 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Gavin O'Connor
    In Theaters:
    Feb 6, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 25, 2004
  • Buena Vista Pictures

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Miracle Reviews

Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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If you can tolerate all this phony uplift you'll also get a pretty interesting story about a shrewd Minnesota college coach named Herb Brooks.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

February 14, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[T]humbs up for this uplifting and inspirational movie about one of the great upsets in sports history.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 13, 2004
Ed Park
Village Voice
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Russell is terrific as coach Herb Brooks.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 10, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 7, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Big on slogans, but low on personality.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 7, 2004
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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The movie effectively simulates the game's whirl, and should grab all but the most finicky hockey fans. But for moviegoers who think if you've seen one sports flick, you've seen 'em all -- well, you've definitely seen this one.

February 6, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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The movie brings the audience back to 1980 with bone-crunching verisimilitude.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 6, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Hockey fans should enjoy the movie, as will fans of the underdog.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 6, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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[A] strenuously uplifting reactionary crowd pleaser.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

February 6, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A better-than- average sports movie.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 6, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie's extended re-creation of the game is still thrilling and nerve-racking.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

February 6, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Miracle gives audiences something to cheer for.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 6, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The best sports movie since Tin Cup.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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A suspenseful, emotional experience even for those who don't study the sports pages.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

February 6, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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A by- the-numbers re-telling of what Sports Illustrated dubbed the single greatest sports moment of the 20th century.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 6, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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I don't know that I've ever felt more involved in fictional competition than I was throughout this movie, and I can't tell a hockey puck from cow pie.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

February 6, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Long on cliche and short on originality.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 6, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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A worthy ride, especially if you're into sports.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B

February 6, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The climax, a 20-minute dramatization of the crucial contest, lacks both suspense and poetry -- essentially, we're left to watch a clumsy recreation of a game whose outcome we already know.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 6, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A fitting tribute to Brooks.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 6, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Don't look for surprises here, but know that the story of the 1980 triumph again earns respect and should quicken the pulse of a new generation of filmgoers who are ready for some inspiration on ice.

| Original Score: B

February 6, 2004
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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A wonderful docudrama of an undiluted great moment.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

February 6, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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We know all the cliches of the modern sports movie, but Miracle sidesteps a lot of them.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 6, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Miracle successfully aims to rouse a partisan crowd.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 6, 2004
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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This movie version of the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team's Cinderella season does a yeoman's job of recycling the day-old dough that passes for its story.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 5, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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You don't have to know a blue line from a soup line to appreciate Miracle. You'll end up cheering anyway.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

February 5, 2004
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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This is a classically well-made studio entertainment that, like The Rookie of a few years back, has the knack of being moving without shamelessly overdoing a sure thing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 5, 2004
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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Obviously, there's no suspense about the outcome, but Miracle manages to hold the viewer's interest by skirting most sports-flick cliches and focusing on character development and detail.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

February 5, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Even for a Disney sports movie, this is a treacly affair, complete with an Armageddon-style hero shot that just screams manipulation.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

February 5, 2004
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The film is built on textbook cliches ... But each is delivered with such precision and professionalism, they become exhilarating.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

February 5, 2004
Joe Leydon
Variety
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[A] sure-fire crowd-pleaser.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 5, 2004
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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The first truly good movie of the year.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 5, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A thrilling character study but only an average action flick.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 5, 2004
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Pretty standard inspirational fare.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 5, 2004
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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A resonant exploration of that not-so-distant moment when the 1970s segued uneasily into the 1980s.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 5, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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The new Disney movie Miracle may blatantly manipulate your emotions -- but it's still inspirational and completely compelling.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

February 5, 2004
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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An effective exercise in flag-waving nostalgia.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 5, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Inspirational and uplifting.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 4, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Miracle's most concrete achievement is in showing how, step by demanding step, Brooks was able to transform 20 young men used to playing as stellar individuals -- the American way -- into an unintimidate-able, egoless team, i.e., the Soviet way.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

February 4, 2004
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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What will make the film compelling even for audiences who never heard of the miracle on ice is Kurt Russell's taut, nuanced portrait of Herb Brooks.

February 3, 2004
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