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.
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.
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.
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.
October 6, 2006
Samuel L. Jackson shouts, yells, bellows, and screams his way through the fact-inspired film
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.
July 5, 2005
March 5, 2005
Thumbing its way through that well-worn inspirational-educator playbook at a leisurely pace, the picture is studiously unspectacular.
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.
January 27, 2005
Carter gives every sports-drama cliche a chance to play. No bad idea is benched.
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.
January 24, 2005
Whenever the film leaves the court, it stumbles
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.
January 20, 2005
As he's seen as the voice of righteousness, the film doesn't permit Carter a personal storyline, much less growth.
January 17, 2005
Like every other inspiring teacher/coach movie, only less so.
January 17, 2005
He's the Good Coach; he knows these young men will lead good lives as long as he doesn't relent. Odd then, that the end doesn't seem like the result of a lot of hard work.
January 16, 2005
Entertaining ... but you do wish they'd tell the tale without funnelling it through Hollywood's inspirational movie assembly line.
January 16, 2005
Writers Mark Schwahn and John Gatins have a teen-movie pedigree, and they've kludged the film's true-life material into a conventional three-act shape instead of reimagining it as cinematic.
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