Remember the Titans Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 31, 2008
Maybe it's all true. But one is always a little discomfited when life, or a movie, imitates weary melodramatic patterns this slavishly.
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Chicago Reader
March 26, 2007
The leads, Denzel Washington and particularly Will Patton, are so good they occasionally make you forget the material is shameless.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The emphasis on the players' developing mutual trust, is absorbing to watch and cleanly directed.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
The result is the sort of deeply massaged truth that isn't stranger than fiction -- it's worse than fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 8, 2001
When the hard battle for integration is served up as a feel-good package, we've all been bamboozled.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Sturdy, gripping and well-balanced if somewhat artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
If viewed as a crowd-pleasing, feel-good sports movie, the film is an unqualified success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Soft-edged and sweet.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A totally absorbing movie.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
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.
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Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Titans may prove that Bruckheimer has a social conscience, but it can't hide his penchant for pandering.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Remember the Titans is similarly solid; its satisfactions are time-tested, a little worn but nonetheless durable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's slick Hollywood product, all right, but it also may be the most moving and entertaining movie so far this year.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Boorish and flatulent.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Washington and the others score in this predictable but rousing film where the big victory is over attitudes.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
I didn't believe the movie, or my tears, for a second.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
A pity that the script is so paint-by-numbers.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Denzel Washington should have held out for a better script before he signed on to star in Remember the Titans.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
Emotionally affecting tale.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Insufferable.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Director Yakin pulls all the right strings.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Toss it in the bin along with The Replacements, but give it bonus points, at least, for having a social conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
A crowd-pleaser with a moral conscience.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Startlingly resonant yet unabashedly entertaining.
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
The entire cast is excellent.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
[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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Engagingly cast, with a lively soundtrack and glossy cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Taken on its own terms, it's an agreeable entertainment, solidly crafted, wonderfully acted and often genuinely moving.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Remember the Titans resembles a sports re-run of game plans that once seemed fresh.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Boaz Yakin gets uniformly winning performances from the little-known actors cast as the players.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 1, 2000
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.