Brian Banks

Critics Consensus

While it remains a reasonably inspiring drama, Brian Banks might have presented a more complex or fully realized version of the real-life story it dramatizes.

59%

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Total Count: 66

97%

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Verified Ratings: 1,829
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The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.

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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (27)

  • Hodge's resolute performance anchors the film, while the nuanced screenplay from Doug Atchison and lush visual language from cinematographer Ricardo Diaz push it several rungs above prosaic TV-movie-style fare.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Brian Banks almost never surprises us. We know where the story is going. (If it didn't go a certain way, there would be no movie.) Still, it's a well-constructed, well-acted, solidly told tale.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The true story of a football player falsely accused of sexual assault is lifted by Aldis Hodge in the title role but brought low by a flat, formulaic telling.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] well-intentioned film crippled by its dramatic structure.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • For "Brian Banks..." it to succeed we have to buy Banks as an exceptional individual, able to rise above adversity and doubts by virtue of his determination, belief in self and overall strength of personality, all of which Hodge urgently conveys.

    Aug 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Playing Banks over the course of more than a decade, Hodge consistently makes the movie compelling, even when it veers toward a safe, faith-based uplift.

    Aug 8, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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