Draft Day

Critics Consensus

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


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 (156) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (64)

  • 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

  • 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
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • 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
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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