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Coach Carter Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 5, 2005
Thumbing its way through that well-worn inspirational-educator playbook at a leisurely pace, the picture is studiously unspectacular.
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Matthew Turner
February 26, 2005
[Jackson] is, of course, born to shout things at teenagers on basketball courts and he delivers all the time-honoured usual speeches with his customary brilliance
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
February 17, 2005
Carter's story is inspirational...but Coach Carter gives only the earnest Hollywood version, when a bit more restraint and less embellishment would have worked just fine.
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Neil Smith
February 8, 2005
Over long and deeply manipulative, Coach Carter should nonetheless be praised for its far-from-fashionable celebration of personal advancement through academic achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
February 7, 2005
Put this movie on your must see list and enjoy a truly uplifting sports story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 7, 2005
The cast does its job, but the overly familiar screenplay is a problem.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 30, 2005
Portrays high school basketball as a means to an end, not an end in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Dequina
January 29, 2005
There's no small pleasure in seeing a well-worn tale told with class and style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 27, 2005
Carter gives every sports-drama cliche a chance to play. No bad idea is benched.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 26, 2005
Inspirational, laden with tough love, and on occasion a tad hokey. Stand and Deliver on the basketball court.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
January 26, 2005
...manages the difficult task of balancing an intriguing story without being too sappy or preachy.
Full Review| Original Score: B-
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David Blaylock
Village Voice
January 25, 2005
Too vicious to speak to bleeding-heart liberals, too pro-academia to speak to No Child Left Behind advocates, and too preachy to speak to youths.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 24, 2005
Whenever the film leaves the court, it stumbles
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
January 24, 2005
Either real life is becoming more like a movie, or sports movies inspired by a true story exist in their own form of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 21, 2005
[Carter's] selfless actions against a failed education system register even when the movie surrounding him turns on itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 21, 2005
For those in need of an uplifting story in our dumbed-down times, Coach Carter is a slam dunk.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 20, 2005
As he's seen as the voice of righteousness, the film doesn't permit Carter a personal storyline, much less growth.
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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
January 19, 2005
The fake Disney-like sentimentality melts away into a movie of refreshing idealism, and occasional doses of sobering honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Ochieng
January 19, 2005
...familiar in its feel-good delivery...a solid student-athlete melodrama that creeps up on you more convincingly than a three-point shot at the buzzer
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sara Brady
Premiere Magazine
January 18, 2005
A sports flick that's a worthy addition to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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