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Crooked Arrows Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 30, 2016
It's a warm-hearted little movie. It may have a ton of Native American cinematic clichés-dream sequences with staccato wooden flutes, soaring eagles, and so on-but it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
July 6, 2012
This attempt at a drama is pretty routine, but it demonstrates why some clichés became clichés: because they work. [It's] basically The Bad News Bears without all of the humor, though the tone is still fairly light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
CraveOnline
June 21, 2012
It's The Mighty Ducks for lacrosse and it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 6 out of 10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 8, 2012
These aspects provide the film with a novel focus, even though all of its events are entirely predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
June 4, 2012
The lack of anything distinctive in execution or performance makes the film instantly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 3, 2012
It has charm and a refreshing cultural perspective, but the predictability is often too much to bear, tanking the potential for a proper big screen exploration of lacrosse.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 2, 2012
If you can't guess where these "Crooked Arrows" are going, you aren't getting out enough. But Routh is wonderfully light and laid back here, perhaps thanks to the low stakes this tiny film has.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gayle MacDonald
Globe and Mail
June 1, 2012
An entirely predictable script that chugs along to the foregone loser-beats-odds conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
June 1, 2012
Brandon Routh is the Emilio Estevez of Crooked Arrows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times
June 1, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 31, 2012
Routh ... does a killer Tom Cruise-in-"Jerry Maguire" homage in this swift little sports dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 31, 2012
A millennial brace of lacrosse action propels Crooked Arrows through a thicket of cliches liberally planted in its path.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 31, 2012
It's an often-awkward niche film enlivened by impressive on-field action scenes. But those can't get it beyond a predictable sports underdogs-fight-back plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 29, 2012
Despite referring to the tribe as "my people," Routh is wholly miscast, yet his ill-fitting presence is part and parcel of the plotting's general illogicality.
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
May 29, 2012
A by-the-numbers triumph-of-the-underdog flick.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
May 29, 2012
Although it adheres to the tried-and-true sports-movie formula of an underdog team striving to overcome their limitations to become winners, Crooked Arrows lacks captivating emotional momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
May 28, 2012
The connection between the sport and tribal traditions is compelling, but eventually the film drowns amid a slew of underdog cliches.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 28, 2012
Authentic and uplifting, it's a feel-good, family movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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