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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 6, 2012
Even though the film relies on many of the clichés of the form, Undefeated is a masterfully crafted work that honestly scores a touchdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 6, 2012
"Undefeated" doesn't have a deep penetration of poverty and race in its playbook, but it does have enough heart to make substantial forward progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 29, 2012
It's a surprisingly moving, emotional film, even for those who (like me) know little of football; by its end, you just might be blinking away a few tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 29, 2012
Peers empathetically into a tiny world and opens it up for its audience, who, in turn, will surely open their hearts to it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 29, 2012
Combines the gritty reality of "Hoop Dreams" and the heart of "Friday Night Lights," along with a dash of "The Blind Side."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 20, 2012
Volunteer high school coach Bill Courtney says, "Football doesn't build character. Football reveals character." The triumphant sports documentary "Undefeated" proves that it does both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 19, 2012
For all its good intentions, the film, like its main subject, is a tourist, earning trust as it earnestly captures the incredible struggles of these young men, but never digging deep enough to actually make the story theirs.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 16, 2012
A touching documentary that offers a field-level portrait of male mentorship, compassion and unvarnished hope - all without a Hollywood ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 16, 2012
[A] winning documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
March 16, 2012
It is a powerful reminder of the difference one person can make -- and of the consequences when no one is willing to make that difference.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 16, 2012
What lifts 'Undefeated' above other sports docs is the remarkable force of Bill Courtney's personality.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
March 16, 2012
It may call to mind The Blind Side or Remember the Titans, but there's no Hollywood glitz in the blighted burg of Manassas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 16, 2012
[A] stirring, emotional portrait of a high school football team in the impoverished neighborhood of North Memphis, Tenn.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 16, 2012
It's a bit too long and a bit too vague at times, but this is a film about dedication, progress and the bond of human effort. It just also happens to include football.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 15, 2012
"Undefeated'' needs less of what we know we've seen (the football stuff) and more of the players' and coaches' lives, which even if we feel we've seen, we haven't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 15, 2012
What makes this a terrific film is how much we care about the players.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 15, 2012
I regret that we don't meet more of Courtney's players, but that might have required a miniseries rather than a movie. And "Undefeated" makes sure the coach who is its central figure is more complex and fascinating than most fictional movie characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 14, 2012
...an inspirational and often touching film that lets us get to know a dedicated coach who has faith in his players and delivers what he promises (almost).
Full Review | Original Score: B
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 9, 2012
This is a film that doesn't cater only to the traditional football fan.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 8, 2012
Courtney really does believe all that stuff about adversity and character, and the film is moving for its modest tale of boys learning to act like men.
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