Coach Carter - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Coach Carter Reviews

Page 1 of 8
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 13, 2005
The main problem with Coach Carter can be summed up simply: too much sermonizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 13, 2005
Each of the side stories is played out in excruciating detail and seems to exist in entirely different movies, all of which will be tied up into bows by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
January 13, 2005
Even Samuel L. Jackson's performance can't save this glorified press release from its "been there, done that" fate.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Chris Barsanti
Slant Magazine
January 12, 2005
As the film grinds on, without any actual actors to work against, Jackson starts to look marooned and eventually seems to give up trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
January 13, 2005
A mealy conglomeration of high-school-sports movies, teacher-who-motivates-students movies, and inner-city-kids-have-a-tough-life movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
January 14, 2005
If you can claw your way through some ugly material and shoddy direction, there are some good messages here that can be warmly received.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
Peter Sobczynski
January 17, 2005
Like every other inspiring teacher/coach movie, only less so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Singer
March 25, 2008
A worthy addition to familiar triumph-of-the-underdog stories.
Eric Melin
Kansas City Star
January 14, 2005
If not for the commanding presence of Samuel L. Jackson in the title role, this paint-by-numbers sports movie wouldn't have anything going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
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 clichĂ (C)s instead.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 16, 2005
Entertaining ... but you do wish they'd tell the tale without funnelling it through Hollywood's inspirational movie assembly line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 13, 2005
The movie's 'message' -- life is more than just sports -- is delivered with the delicacy of a piano dropped from a fifth-story window.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Mike Clark
USA Today
January 13, 2005
Nothing but the coach's gutsy move and the fact that it really happened distinguishes this movie from a litany of past basketball dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 14, 2005
How do you put this message across without it seeming medicinal? Sure, MTV is among the movie's producers, but what 11th grader wants to spend a Friday night being hit with such a blunt instrument?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
January 14, 2005
While there's no denying its positive message, there's also no denying that it offers absolutely nothing fresh or innovative.
| Original Score: D+
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 14, 2005
No one will be surprised to learn that Jackson's Coach Carter is a shining slab of steel-rod charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 14, 2005
There is a lot of excitement and tension as the team progresses in the season. The only problem is the need to show every game - it suffers from overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Page 1 of 8