62% The Maze Runner Sep 19
66% A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
45% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
82% Tracks Sep 19
93% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

11% No Good Deed $24.3M
70% Dolphin Tale 2 $15.9M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
88% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
35% The November Man $2.8M
35% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

70% The Equalizer Sep 26
71% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
86% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

New Episodes Tonight

91% Doctor Who: Season 8
—— Hell on Wheels: Season 4
40% Intruders: Season 1
90% Outlander: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

82% Girl Meets World: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
53% Z Nation: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
90% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
79% You're the Worst: Season 1

Something to Cheer About

Something to Cheer About (2001)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5

No consensus yet.



liked it
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,700

My Rating

Movie Info

The first all-black high school basketball team to win a U.S. state championship and the coach who inspired them to always play at the top of their game are profiled in director Betsy Blankenbaker's inspirational documentary. The Crispus Attucks Tigers is a team that helped to get numerous kids off of the streets while raising community morale and breaking down the color barrier in professional sports. Former Crispus Attucks Tigers include such famed sports luminaries as Harlem Globetrotter

Jun 26, 2007

Truly Indie

Watch It Now



Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (8)

Plodding but heartfelt, Something to Cheer About pays tribute to a time when basketball scholarships and professional opportunities were practically unknown. Back then, a player's only opportunity was to make history.

April 30, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Despite a last-reel schmaltz attack, this sports doc presents its blockbuster-baiting material with unfussy immediacy and dignity.

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The movie could have had much greater resonance were it not focused so monolithically on basketball. One wonders what life was like at Attucks High, or how the players' success on the court affected their lives off it.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Plays like a well-intentioned but somewhat dull HBO special.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

At just over an hour, it seems better suited for TV viewing than a theatrical release.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic IconTop Critic

One of [director] Blankenbaker's key acquisitions here is the grainy black and white footage of Crispus Attucks in action during the mid-1950s. It is stunning stuff.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Utterly conventional...but still works as an uplifting tale of success in adverse circumstances, and as a testimony to the power of one dedicated teacher.

April 29, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The film is really geared toward basketball fans who won't mind the talking-heads format, and the glowing interviews that have more the tone of testimonials than a historical documentary.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It muddies key details (it's not clear we're seeing the '55 championship game until it's over), while never addressing others (the team's gifted coach quit in '57, but who knows why?).

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Understands sport as much more than athletics, when basketball served not as a source of endorsement deals but as an opportunity for people who never had much before.

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source:

A reverential yet frustratingly skimpy nonfiction record.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Something to Cheer About

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about Something to Cheer About!

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Something to Cheer About on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

Maze Runner is Better than Average

Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg

What are his Five Favorite Films?

Hunger Games
Hunger Games

New Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer

Talk Like a Pirate Day
Talk Like a Pirate Day

Memorable pirates picture gallery

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile