Crooked Arrows (2012)



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A mixed-blood Native American, Joe Logan, eager to modernize his reservation, must first prove himself to his father, the traditionalist Tribal Chairman, by rediscovering his spirit. He is tasked with coaching the reservation's high school lacrosse team which competes against the better equipped and better trained players of the elite Prep School League. Joe inspires the Native American boys and teaches them the true meaning of tribal pride. Ignited by their heritage and believing in their new-found potential, coach and team climb an uphill battle to the state championship finals against their privileged prep school rivals...will they win? -- (C) Official Site
PG-13 (for some suggestive references)
Drama , Sports & Fitness
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Brandon Routh
as Joe Logan
Crystal Allen
as Julie Gifford
Chelsea Ricketts
as Nadie Logan
Tyler Hill
as Silverfoot
Emmett Printup
as Tuscarora Nation Team Member
Miles Thompson
as Onondaga Nation Team Member
Ty Thompson
as Mohawk Nation Team Member
Lyle Thompson
as Onondaga Nation Team Member
Derek Bennett
as Onondaga Nation Team Member
Alex Cook
as Mohawk Nation Team Member
Shaye Thomas
as Onondaga Nation Team Member
James D. Bissell
as Tuscarora Nation Team Member
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Critic Reviews for Crooked Arrows

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14)

An entirely predictable script that chugs along to the foregone loser-beats-odds conclusion.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

In another era, "Crooked Arrows" might have been an after-school special, perfect to have on the TV while cleaning the house; miss a scene while you're dusting under the couch, and you'll still know exactly what's happening later.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

"Crooked Arrows" gets points for its glimpses of Native American culture and history - the film's backers include the Onondaga Nation - but too many of these scenes are disappointingly static.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
New York Times
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"Crooked Arrows" might involve two lesser-seen screen subjects - Native Americans and lacrosse - but it still can't break free of the usual underdog sports picture tropes.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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Routh ... does a killer Tom Cruise-in-"Jerry Maguire" homage in this swift little sports dramedy.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A millennial brace of lacrosse action propels Crooked Arrows through a thicket of cliches liberally planted in its path.

Full Review… | May 30, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Crooked Arrows

As lacrosse becomes an always growing sport, the need for a movie to bring attention to it was desperately needed. Crooked Arrows does a good job of showing the audience the history and the tradition of the sport, but lacks in a sound plot and strong characters. The underdog story of the less equipped Native American team against the private schools, seems like too predictable of an outcome. Although the moves and dodges the teams perform are exciting, the movie's games seem to miss showing the fast pace of a real lacrosse game. The acting talent of the team and coaches just make the movie seem to go even slower. It has its comedic moments but they seem forced and played only for laughs.

Hunter Morris
Hunter Morris

The acting is horrible. The story is painfully predictable and it watches no better than a Saturday morning teen drama. Lax fans will enjoy the lacrosse action, but it's nowhere near enough to save this film from mediocrity.

Bobby Leyva
Bobby Leyva

Crooked Arrows is one of those films you feel bad for because you cannot give it a good review to help its chances as it is NOT that good of a movie ... even though it tries really hard to be. Joe Logan (Brandon Routh - Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) is a mixed-blood Native American who is trying to modernize the reservation. Joe has already built a new school and the casino on the land is getting a face-lift; but all his father really wants of his son is for him to prove his worth to the tribe by coaching the high school lacrosse team. Although Joe played in the past, his glory days are behind him and this becomes a standard, not-so-surprising fish-out-of-water tale until Joe's mastery of the sport (surprise!) kicks back in and it then becomes an athletic underdog story we have all seen countless times as the impoverished Crooked Arrows eventually battle it out with an arrogant and bullyish, top-of-the-line team who think they are going to win the state championship. While Routh is extremely personable, laid-back and like-able here, he cannot do anything to personally save the sad, little movie. The acting is stiff and rehearsed and the dialogue is howl-worthy (awful!!). Many of the scenes feel forced; but when something is as predictable as Crooked Arrows it doesn't really matter. The movie does try in earnest; but it IS one of those movies with NO surprises. One could read the synopsis now and know how this movie ends without watching a single scene.

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

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