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Coach Carter Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Engaging film with a terrific message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
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.
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
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.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 74/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 11, 2008
...the movie is more concerned with the characters than with the sport. So it's a movie for anyone to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Leigh Singer
March 25, 2008
A worthy addition to familiar triumph-of-the-underdog stories.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
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.
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Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 6, 2006
Samuel L. Jackson shouts, yells, bellows, and screams his way through the fact-inspired film
Mark Moring
Christianity Today
September 11, 2006
Its main flaws are an overabundance of sports-movie clichés and hackneyed phrases, but at least the final game doesn't have a predictable ending; I'll give it that much.
| Original Score: 3/4
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Tilly
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Although this is an inspirational genre pic that pushes all the requisite buttons throughout, you canâ(TM)t help but feel that rather than benching the team, director Thomas Carter should have benched a few of those ham-fisted sporting clichà (C)s instead.
S. James Wegg
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Cinematographer Sharon Meir and film editor Peter Berger brilliantly capture the magic, thrills and extraordinary talent of the fear-inspired players, putting their hearts and souls into the game.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 11, 2005
Formulaico, é verdade, mas inteligente o bastante para utilizar os clichês a seu favor, sem se esquecer de incluir bons diálogos e uma mensagem relevante.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
July 12, 2005
Slam Dunk!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 5, 2005
Saved by bursts of energy and inventiveness.
Scott Weinberg
June 12, 2005
Without Sam L. Jackson on hand, I suspect Coach Carter would be almost too generic to even deal with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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