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We Are Marshall (2006)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 63

Matthew McConaughey almost runs We Are Marshall to the end zone, but can't stop it from taking the easy, feel-good route in memorializing this historic event in American sports.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 20

Matthew McConaughey almost runs We Are Marshall to the end zone, but can't stop it from taking the easy, feel-good route in memorializing this historic event in American sports.



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A true story of tragedy, hope, and resilience comes to the screen in this sports drama. Huntington, WV, is home to Marshall University, a school where college football is a way of life. Huntington is also a town that learned to deal with tragedy in the fall of 1970 when Marshall's "Thundering Herd" boarded an airliner to return home after a football game in North Carolina. The jet crashed into a hill due to bad weather, and 75 members of Marshall's football squad and athletic staff died that




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Sep 18, 2007


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Unlike a lot of sports movies, it doesn't end with a championship or a great upset over a powerhouse. The real victory on the Marshall campus was in fielding a team that honored and respected the legacy of the 1970 team.

December 26, 2006 | Comment (1)
Ebert & Roeper
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We Are Marshall isn't about grief or loss, but how these things can be overcome. It's uplifting, but shallow.

December 22, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club | Comments (2)
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This was undeniably a horrific event for the victims' families friends, colleagues as well as for the entire community. But the movie seems to almost exploit this tragedy so it can make audiences weep, and ultimately, cheer.

December 22, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comments (3)
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What's missing is any kind of insight into the lives of the dead players or the members of the Young Thundering Herd who rise up to replace them.

December 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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A series of montage and anecdotal vignettes follows as they recruit a whole new team, learn lessons from the catastrophe, lose and then win, with plenty of sentimentality sprinkled over the whole thing.

December 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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McConaughey campily channels Jon Stewart channeling George W. Bush for his impersonation of Lengyel.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

...would've benefited from the presence of virtually any other actor in the central role...

November 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

We Are Marshall is not a bad movie; it is a potentially nice, familiar movie unfortunately marred by the unspeakably awful performance of Matthew McConaughey.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Comments (3)
Aisle Seat

A sentimental, simplistically inspiring movie that leans heavily on Matthew McConaughey's substantial energy and charisma for its success.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Despite its best intentions, there is much in We Are Marshall that holds it back from being the best it can be.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

What allows We Are Marshall to stand above many of the other 2006 sports movies is both the undeniable power of the story itself and the strong ensemble McG gathered to tell it.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

We Are Marshall is the kind of movie that not only believes in the goodness of humankind, but makes you believe it, too.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

That McG makes it vital and energetic, and not morose or preachy, shows a director on top of his game.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

'We Are Marshall' is both better than it has a right to be and still feels somewhat disappointing.

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source:

As exciting and well staged as the on-field action is (finally, a football movie gives the field goal kicker the respect he's due!), I was more taken by what was happening off the field.

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Comments (2)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

... A heartfelt tribute to those who died and those who lived.

January 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

We are not impressed.

January 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Comments (2)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

You'd think with this set up that Annie's experience would be complex and sustained in We Are Marshall, but no. This is a men's story.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

...sincere performances help to put over some of the inspirational cliches...

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It would be easier to tolerate the movie's mile-wide sentimental streak if [director] McG seemed genuinely interested in exploring the confusing mix of emotions that follows a horrible tragedy.

December 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Even with the triumphant ending, it's still a lot of tragedy to get over in life, let alone in one evening.

December 27, 2006 Full Review Source:

There's genuine emotion in this movie, and wide-ranging ones at that. There's the shock of loss, the struggle in moving forward, the fear of failure and the joy of putting one's passion into a good cause, regardless of the results.

December 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

A strong cast [is] shortchanged by a director who can't trust his audience to feel anything not loaded with exclamation points.

December 27, 2006
Salt Lake Tribune

Too long and too talky. It takes 40 minutes for star Matthew McConaughey to make his first appearance.

December 27, 2006 Full Review Source:

Subtlety is not a word in this director's vocabulary. The odd thing is, the story is so powerful that you don't really object to McG's methodology.

December 27, 2006 Full Review
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for We Are Marshall

We Are Marshall is an over bearing cliché riddled feel good film that unfortunately doesn't deliver. This is the type of film we've seen many times before. This film doesn't work and is quite tiresome. I really didn't enjoy the film, and was very disappointed in the way it turned out. I was very much looking forward in seeing this film, and when I did, the only thing I noticed was the standard sports clichés set to a real life tragedy. The film did start off well, but afterwards it played on it clichés to deliver its entertainment. The cast seem to overdo their performances on-screen. Overall there is nothing really good to take away from this film. The film is too predictable, and it ends up being another feel good sports drama. There's nothing within the film to really make it a stand out film, and it doesn't break new ground or do anything new in the genre. We Are Marshall is the same old tired out formula that seems to plague sports dramas. With this film, there's really no performance that really stands out. I felt the cast was pretty bland. I felt that considering that this is a true story, there could have been a lot more effort put into it. But in the end, We Are Marshall is a cliché riddled film that simply is no different than any other films in this genre. There are better films out there, than this one. We Are Marshall simply don't deliver anything new or refreshing, something that is much needed in this genre. Expect a film with lots of clichés with this one, and you may not be disappointed. I for one, was, and didn't think too much of this film.
May 26, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Movie based on a true story about a town called Huntingdon who lost their university football team and staff in a tragic plane accident. The president if the school wants to abandon the football programme but some students convince him not to. He employs football coach and assistant coach - two Matthews. Looks at hope from tragedy. Good cast.
July 31, 2011
Candy Rose

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    1. Jack Lengyel: ls that the Ohio Valley Coal line? The same one that went off the tracks near Akron last winter?
    2. Red Dawson: Yep. That's the one.
    3. Jack Lengyel: Back on track.
    – Submitted by Ajay D (2 years ago)
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