Coach Carter Reviews

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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
Saved by bursts of energy and inventiveness.
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.
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 14, 2005
One of those highly effective conventional pictures that remind us that conventionality isn't always a bad thing.
January 14, 2005
The appeal lies in the genre's mixed marriage of liberal sensibilities to conservative values, a happy American union that simultaneously acknowledges the fact of social injustice while insisting on the need for individual responsibility.
January 14, 2005
The basketball footage is often thrilling, the camera whooshing through the action like a darting point guard.
January 14, 2005
No one will be surprised to learn that Jackson's Coach Carter is a shining slab of steel-rod charisma.
January 14, 2005
Must decency be dull?
January 14, 2005
Features bursts of humor and electrifying energy offset by speechifying and a dud of a subplot.
January 14, 2005
Jackson plays the coach with wit and authority. His imposing presence ensures that he won't have to take much guff, even from the toughest punk on the team.
January 14, 2005
The movie may consist of formulaic elements, but it excels on the strength of its cast and the sincerity of its message.
January 14, 2005
The inspirational tale becomes just another by-the-numbers, clich-ridden sports film.
January 14, 2005
By the time you leave, Jackson will have you believing that his Coach Carter is a true original.
January 14, 2005
It's not only a sports movie with the usual big games and important shots, but also a coach movie, with inspiring locker room speeches and difficult moral decisions.
January 14, 2005
The kind of boot-strap-pulling, tear-duct-tickling, I-am-Spartacus-crowing movie-on-a-mission that might rankle more cynical movie goers but sets hearts aflutter for most everyone else.
January 14, 2005
In this film, basketball is not a metaphor; it's a hard-played game that requires skill, conditioning, intelligence and effective teamwork.
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