Glory Road (2006)
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Critic Reviews for Glory Road
First-time director James Gartner observes all the rituals--the coach busting chops, the team sneaking out to party--but the players are indifferently characterized and the civil rights story has a fake Black History Month feel.
An underdog sports movie by the numbers.
Glory Road is a rousing and worthy tribute to one of the most important college basketball teams and one of the most important championship games of all time.
The team's accomplishments are here diluted into fodder for another of the producer's feel-good man-weepies.
An appealing Disney sports movie that underplays its potential, Glory Road is at least a more satisfying basketball saga than last year's Coach Carter.
Lacking the gritty reality of the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, this Jerry Bruckheimer film, directed by newcomer James Gartner, converts a year in the life of a basketball team into a very conventional triumph of the underdogs.
Audience Reviews for Glory Road
Glory Road is a pretty good sports drama, yet it uses all the usual clichés to tell its story. That's the thing I noticed with every sports films, no matter what story kit is, no matter how they spin it, it always ends up feeling like the same old film. I'm not saying that this is a bad film; however I do think that every sports drama navigates the usual territory that every other film in the genre tends to go through. The story is good, and the cast do a good job in their roles. The film works well enough to be an entertaining drama, but it is also flawed. I liked the film, but to be honest, I never really was a big Basketball all fan, so I simply view this one as a watchable, but quite forgettable sports drama. For what it is, it's an entertaining film, but it's no different than other film in this genre. The cast are good in their roles, and Josh Lucas delivers a performance that saves this film from being a total disappointment. Though a good film, this isn't a film I would rewatch again. I simply felt that it relied too much on the traditional clichés established in previous sports dramas that came before it. Though a worthy film to watch, Glory Road doesn't stand out. I enjoyed it for what it was, but felt it was missing something to really make it stand out. For me anyways, one of the best sports dramas that tried something totally new was Moneyball. Glory Road isn't a revolutionary film, but it's entertaining to say the least.
Cliche, yes but a good cliche type of movie. Descent to good acting and a great story make for a good sports film here.
Beyond the excellence of sports movies and Josh Lucas never ceases to amazes me in movies and the lives of the other basketball stories are inspiring as well :)
Glory Road Quotes
|Don Haskins:||Texas Western down in El Paso. Hey, after the game, when you get a minute I'd like to talk to you about playin' for me.|
|Don Haskins:||Jason, Don Haskins, Texas Western.|
|Willie "Scoops" Cager:||They're tryin' to take our dignity away from us.|
|Don Haskins:||Your dignity's inside. Nobody can take somethin' away from you that you don't give them.|
|Orsten Artis:||No, I'm lookin' for el hot dog-o.|