Draft Day

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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.



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On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. (c) Lionsgate

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Kevin Costner
as Sonny Weaver, Jr.
Denis Leary
as Coach Penn
Ellen Burstyn
as Barb Weaver
Frank Langella
as Anthony Molina
Chadwick Boseman
as Vontae Mack
Terry Crews
as Earl Jennings
Sean Combs
as Chris Crawford
Josh Pence
as Bo Callahan
David Ramsey
as Thompson
Wade Williams
as O'Reilly
Chi McBride
as Walt Gordon
W. Earl Brown
as Ralph Mowry
Brad William Henke
as Tony "Bagel" Bagli
Kevin Dunn
as Marvin
Patrick St. Esprit
as Tom Michaels
Arian Foster
as Ray Jennings
Pat Healy
as Jeff Carson
Pat Healy
as Jeff Carson
Wallace Langham
as Pete Begler
Chris Berman
as Himself
Mel Kiper
as Himself
Jon Gruden
as Himself
Mike Mayock
as Himself
Tony Rizzo
as Himself
Jordan Harris
as Vontae's Nephew
Richard Littlejohn
as Vontae's Nephew
Enré Laney
as Attractive Woman
Bernard Canepari
as War Room Scout
Christopher Mele
as War Room Scout
Leilani Barrett
as War Room Scout
Michael Cipiti
as War Room Scout
Justin Zabor
as War Room Scout
Aswan Harris
as War Room Intern
Alex Mack
as Himself
Tom Welling
as Brian Drew
John Lee
as Locker Room Player
Sam Elliott
as Coach Moore
Russ Brandon
as Himself
Marc Honan
as Himself
Erin Drake
as Seahawks Fan
Quincy Dunn-Baker
as Seahawks Fan
Tom Headlee
as Wyndham
Rich Eisen
as Himself
Patrick Breen
as Bill Zotti
David Dunn
as Vontae's Agent
Ray Lewis
as Himself
Stephen Hill
as Robert Starks
James Brewer
as Nate Davies
Ramses Barden
as Draft Day Player
Zoltan Mesko
as Draft Day Player
Demario Davis
as Draft Day Player
Margot Danis
as Bo Callahan's Girlfriend
Leanora Haselrig
as Vontae's Girlfriend
Jennifer McMahan
as Brian Drew's Wife
Sophie Guest
as Brian Drew's Daughter
Brenda Adrine
as Vontae's Grandmother
Edwina Hadley
as Vontae's Grandmother
Ken Fiore
as Himself
Joel Bussert
as Himself
Sammy Choi
as Himself
Mike Florio
as Himself
Alex Marvez
as Himself
Jim Brown
as Himself
Bernie Kosar
as Himself
Phil Taylor
as Himself
TJ Ward
as Himself
Aaron Hill
as Andre Bello
Michael Fisher
as Football Coordinator
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Critic Reviews for Draft Day

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (40)

  • Air-punch inducing drama with Kevin Costner about the surprisingly fascinating sport of American Football player trading.

    Oct 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Quarterback scrambles forever muscle centre stage, leaving the human element scrimmaging on the sidelines.

    Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ivan Reitman's dull-witted movie about the flurries of player trading on N.F.L. draft day might be a commercial for professional football.

    Apr 21, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • A human drama sprinkled with a number of laughs.

    Apr 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Draft Day isn't even really about football. It's about coming into your own and finding clarity at a personal and professional crossroads. It's about doing your job. It's a day in the life.

    Apr 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Thanks to Costner's sly, dry-aged charisma, it marches down the field and scores.

    Apr 11, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Draft Day


One of the rare films where Costner's understated and wooden persona is actually effective. I enjoyed the film quite a bit.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


While not really plausible and lacking the emotional connection it is striving for, Draft Day is nonetheless a fun and effective movie about the NFL draft and all of the craziness involved. It's cool to sort of get a view of the draft from a perspective other than as a fan. Kevin Costner is his usual self as the general manager: likable and effective, but doesn't knock it out of the park. The supporting cast is filled in nicely by Denis Leary as the coach, Jennifer Garner as the girlfriend, Frank Langella as the team owner, Ellen Burstyn as Costner's widowed mother, and Arian Foster &Chadwick Boseman as a draft prospects. This film has funny parts, exciting moments, and just gets enough right that I found myself enjoying it despite the flaws and leaps in logic of plenty of the people involved in the ridiculous trades that occur. Recommended for the entertainment factor if you like football, but probably not worth it otherwise.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

One of Director, Ivan Reitman's finest films in years. This film scores with honest drama and some enjoyable laughs. A real touchdown that has plenty of heart and is well-crafted and wonderfully performed. A beautifully character driven and utterly original piece of work. It has a great story and a truly better cast who all work tremendously well together. Kevin Costner is at his best, his aged charm, style and dedication make his character likeable and a winner. One of his best performances in years. Jennifer Gardner is excellent. Denis Leary is brilliant. Frank Langella is terrific.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

"Draft Day" is much the NFL's fictional version of "Moneyball". A general manager wants to put together a team, and everyone is questioning what he is up to. Is he crazy? Will he fail or succeed? Kevin Costner plays the general manager of the Cleveland Browns and has traded away the next 3 years of 1st round draft picks for the 1st overall pick. From there it follows the craziness that is draft day in the NFL. This movie has a lot going for it, but it also has quite a bit going against it. When it deals with football, it's very compelling. When it turns towards the melodrama of Costner's personal life(father's death, girlfriend pregnant) it feels forced and unnecessary. I get why it's in here, but it didn't need to be. Having said that, the movie has a lot of great performances and it never drags or gets boring. I will say though that being a fan of the NFL, the way the draft plays out is so unrealistic. It's like watching one of "Rocky's" boxing fights. It would never ever play out like that. But, it's a movie, what do you expect? Football fans should like it, and non fans should probably watch with a fan, because they may have a question or two about the inner workings of the draft. Decent flick.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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