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Go Tigers! (2001)



Critic Consensus: Go Tigers! is both an absorbing and evenhanded documentary, a perceptive look into the world of high school sports and its impact on a community.

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A first-hand account of young athletes in the high school football-obsessed town of Massillon, OH, this first feature by director Kenneth A. Carlson was shot on high-definition video over the course of the 1999 football season of the Massillon Tigers. At the beginning of the season, the team is nursing a "four-and-six nightmare season" and want to redeem themselves. Meanwhile, school officials attempt to raise funds though a tax levy after defeats at the polls, but if the levy is rejected again, it may mean unemployment for much of the school personnel, including the coaches. In retaliation, the players assume a winning season which puts extra pressure on them to earn scholarships and work much harder than a standard season. Among the handful of players depicted are Ellery Moore, a black defensive end with high ambitions to get out of his small town, especially after it is revealed that he has a shady past which may have included sexual assault. The film also candidly looks at the players off the field, as they drink and taunt fellow classmates who believe that the town has a misplaced sense of priorities.

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Critic Reviews for Go Tigers!

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (15)

A sharply observed and richly detailed nonfiction feature that plays like feel-good, crowd-pleasing entertainment.

Full Review… | March 26, 2007
Top Critic

Director Kenneth Carlson may be a little too close to the subject of this documentary.

Full Review… | March 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Energetic and absorbing documentary.

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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A smart and often mesmerizing look at how high-school sports can hold a medium-sized town in its grip.

October 8, 2001
Seattle Times
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Achieves a neatly balanced tone right smack dab in between reverence and ridicule.

October 4, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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An enthralling look at the drama that can transpire in the autumn of one small town on any given Friday.

Full Review… | September 27, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Go Tigers!

Great documentary about the football obsessed town of Massillon, Ohio.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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Really good look into high school football. Eventhough Massillon is not typical, many school districts are kind of watered down to this kind of stuff.

Vincent Cashdollar
Vincent Cashdollar

Documentary about a football crazy town in Ohio. It was like a long episode of Friday Night Lights. Didn't really interest or engage me that much.

Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer Thomas

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