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It's perfectly pleasant for sports buffs and Costner fans, but overall, Draft Day lives down to its title by relying too heavily on the sort of by-the-numbers storytelling that only a statistician could love. Read critic reviews

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Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) is the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. One of pro football's most important days, NFL draft day, is drawing near, but Sonny has much more on his mind than just which players to recruit. His lover (Jennifer Garner) is pregnant, and the team's owner (Frank Langella) wants to fire him. After Sonny accepts a deal with Seattle that nets him that team's first-round pick, he immediately wonders if he has made the right choice for himself and the Browns.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Costner
Sonny Weaver Jr.
Denis Leary
Coach Penn
Frank Langella
Anthony Molina
Sam Elliott
Coach Moore
Sean Combs
Chris Crawford
Terry Crews
Earl Jennings
Ellen Burstyn
Barb Weaver
Josh Pence
Bo Callahan
Rajiv Joseph
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Scott Rothman
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Ali Bell
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Tom Pollock
Executive Producer
Michael Beugg
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Gigi Pritzker
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William Lischak
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  • Jul 26, 2015
    Dramatic, exciting, and yet undeniably commercialized, Draft Day is a sort of poor man's Moneyball. As the name would suggest, it revolves around the exploits of GM Sonny Weaver as his team prepares for the much-hyped Draft Day. What I expected going in to Draft Day was something completely pandering to the NFL, a sort of 2 hour promo for the league and it's growing commercial power and branding. What I actually got was some of that, but also a rather interesting character drama, lead by the great Kevin Costner. His Weaver is a man of insecurity, uncertainty, and yet one of confidence and boldness. It's a perfect combination, and perhaps a rather accurate combination of modern-day NFL execs. Costner is, by far, the most capable actor on screen, and the most interesting. When the film stays with him, it succeeds, and fortunately director Ivan Reitman recognized that. There are clichés to be had, and many of the side characters didn't work for me, especially Jennifer Garner (whom I quite like), but it manages to remain relevant by surprising the viewer. There's a real heart to be had in the story, and a lesson to be learned. It doesn't redefine the sports movie genre, but it keeps us entertained. 3.5/5 Stars
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  • May 23, 2015
    Costner seems to be the poster boy for Sports comedies and dramas and while this is far from his best I still fairly enjoyed it. The human aspect falls quite short but the football side is quite well done but this film is far from the quality of Moneyball! Garner and Leary are wasted in thankless roles and was surprised that Ivan Reitman couldn't have delivered a better film. Costner is the reason the film works at all and I am glad to see him back in movies on a regular basis. 05-23-2015
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  • Dec 06, 2014
    While I can enjoy a good alternate universe sports movie, I cannot, for some reason, appreciate Kevin Costner. He's just an emotionless sack on screen to me. I don't think he quite pulled off the commanding general manager role. The dialogue felt stilted and forced for most of the cast. There were a few cameos that some NFL fans will appreciate but overall, this average flick won't quite entertain or leave anyone thinking the outcome mattered.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2014
    One of the rare films where Costner's understated and wooden persona is actually effective. I enjoyed the film quite a bit.
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