Maybe it's all true. But one is always a little discomfited when life, or a movie, imitates weary melodramatic patterns this slavishly.
The leads, Denzel Washington and particularly Will Patton, are so good they occasionally make you forget the material is shameless.
The emphasis on the players' developing mutual trust, is absorbing to watch and cleanly directed.
The result is the sort of deeply massaged truth that isn't stranger than fiction -- it's worse than fiction.
| Original Score: 2/4
When the hard battle for integration is served up as a feel-good package, we've all been bamboozled.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sturdy, gripping and well-balanced if somewhat artificial.
| Original Score: 3/4
If viewed as a crowd-pleasing, feel-good sports movie, the film is an unqualified success.
Soft-edged and sweet.
A totally absorbing movie.
Aside from its message-waving, pic dedicates itself to entertaining the audience via its military-style whip-'em-into-shape training antics, the sort of thing that always goes down very easily.
The story is based on real incidents, but the uplifting tone is laid on so thick that it's difficult to believe a minute of it.
Titans may prove that Bruckheimer has a social conscience, but it can't hide his penchant for pandering.
Remember the Titans is similarly solid; its satisfactions are time-tested, a little worn but nonetheless durable.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's slick Hollywood product, all right, but it also may be the most moving and entertaining movie so far this year.
Boorish and flatulent.
Washington and the others score in this predictable but rousing film where the big victory is over attitudes.
I didn't believe the movie, or my tears, for a second.
A pity that the script is so paint-by-numbers.
Denzel Washington should have held out for a better script before he signed on to star in Remember the Titans.
| Original Score: C
Emotionally affecting tale.
Director Yakin pulls all the right strings.
I admired the way the screenplay, by Gregory Allen Howard, doesn't make Boone noble and Yoast a racist, but shows them both as ambitious and skilled professionals.
Toss it in the bin along with The Replacements, but give it bonus points, at least, for having a social conscience.
| Original Score: 1/5
A crowd-pleaser with a moral conscience.
Startlingly resonant yet unabashedly entertaining.
The entire cast is excellent.
[Bruckheimer's] latest production is, in some ways, a departure. Not only is it based on a true story, it is also actually about something.
Engagingly cast, with a lively soundtrack and glossy cinematography.
Taken on its own terms, it's an agreeable entertainment, solidly crafted, wonderfully acted and often genuinely moving.
The good news is that whenever the tear-and-a-smile stuff threatens to go overboard, the film pulls back and gives us another scene on the football field, and all the football scenes are strong.
Remember the Titans resembles a sports re-run of game plans that once seemed fresh.
Boaz Yakin gets uniformly winning performances from the little-known actors cast as the players.
All heart, big muscles and not a whole lot of gray matter upstairs. Still, once in a while, it shows itself to be just smart enough to make a key play.