Coach Carter Reviews

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April 23, 2019
Despite the attraction of fluently filmed basketball sequences, director Thomas Carter's simplistic approach to the social and educational issues involved makes this vacuous MTV-produced movie fall well short of the basket.
September 27, 2018
A quality sports drama.
January 29, 2018
With subplots about pregnant girlfriends, drug-dealing cousins, and other sob stories that are mentioned but not developed, Coach Carter's exceptional message is delivered with little imagination.
December 12, 2016
No one should have to sit in a movie theater desperately waiting for the half-time buzzer.
March 18, 2011
With another in a long line of strong performances by Jackson, and some excellent basketball choreography, Coach Carter is fun, hopeful, occasionally silly and, what can I say, inspiring.
December 22, 2010
Engaging film with a terrific message.
April 16, 2009
Samuel Jackson returns to form behind a long string of disappointing performances as an ethically minded basketball coach at a tough inner city high school in Richmond, California.
December 30, 2008
While the film is over the top at times, Coach Carter has a big heart that doesn't shy away from challenging the American education system.
December 22, 2008
How terribly ironic that the story of an educator who dared to challenge the mental capacity of his students can produce a film that so shamelessly spoon-feeds its audience.
December 11, 2008
By making the choices the filmmakers did here, we get a movie that may not be profound, but it's both highly entertaining for its sports and fascinating for its social issues.
December 11, 2008
...the movie is more concerned with the characters than with the sport. So it's a movie for anyone to enjoy.
August 7, 2008
March 25, 2008
A worthy addition to familiar triumph-of-the-underdog stories.
March 25, 2008
This is supposed to be about setting high standards, yet it's full of fudged ultimatums; in the end I couldn't be sure whether its morality was complex or just confused.
March 24, 2007
There's a kick butt performance from Samuel Jackson, the master of the take-no-prisoners motormouth school of acting, even if it is only a high school gym.
March 1, 2007
Far from groundbreaking--in fact, it doesn't have an original bone in its body--but as inspirational sports movies go, it's not half-bad.
October 6, 2006
Samuel L. Jackson shouts, yells, bellows, and screams his way through the fact-inspired film
September 11, 2006
Its main flaws are an overabundance of sports-movie clichs and hackneyed phrases, but at least the final game doesn't have a predictable ending; I'll give it that much.
April 1, 2006
On paper a routine sports yarn. On screen, thanks to Jackson refusing to phone it in, far more satisfying than you might expect.
February 9, 2006
Although this is an inspirational genre pic that pushes all the requisite buttons throughout, you can(TM)t help but feel that rather than benching the team, director Thomas Carter should have benched a few of those ham-fisted sporting clich (C)s instead.
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