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Gridiron Gang Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
It's a difficult balancing act between gang life and the sports film where inspiring moments can very easily become maudlin and wearing. Gridiron Gang slips and stumbles a bit in the second half but for the most part makes it across whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cole Smithey
April 25, 2009
Dwayne Johnson pushes his emotionally charged performance so hard that you think he might pop a blood vessel.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 24, 2007
The surprisingly effective Gridiron Gang will find its way into that harshly defended emotional endzone, even if they might not necessarily admit it to their friends.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Despite the occasional mixed message and overwrought moment, Gridiron Gang is a sincere, moving film about a worthwhile subject
Matthew Turner
February 1, 2007
Watchable, decently made drama with some strong performances, but the script is disappointing given the real-life story behind the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine
January 29, 2007
What begins as a series of pleasant revelations and a deft example of genre defiance is nearly crippled by cliche in its second half, but The Rock's surprising dramatic magnetism will hold you until the final whistle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
January 17, 2007
It's unfortunate that what was undoubtedly an inspirational story could end up onscreen as such a been-there done-that hack job.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 10, 2007
...the film's various problems [are] exacerbated by a ridiculously overlong running time (it's 125 minutes!)
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 30, 2006
It's technically well-made, but lacks the writing or acting skills to make it work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 9, 2006
Gridiron Gang is enjoyable enough, but it is also manipulative, melodramatic and pretty much interchangeable with the recent basketball film Coach Carter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
October 9, 2006
The trite script waters down and trivializes its subject matter, almost to the point of negating any emotional impact.
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Cynthia Fuchs
October 1, 2006
At once uplifting and banal, "based on a true story" and abjectly "Disneyfied," the formula is also -- apparently -- endlessly profitable.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
October 1, 2006
The philosophy espoused in Gridiron Gang places the team above the individual, but the film is carried on the broad shoulders of the charismatic Johnson.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
September 23, 2006
Mostly the movie barrels toward you, stiff-armed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 23, 2006
If The Rock could clone himself to appear in juvenile halls across the country, the recidivism rate would get body-slammed within a few weeks.
| Original Score: B-
Bartley Morrisroe
Premiere Magazine
September 20, 2006
But can The Rock pull off a dramatic role? Surprisingly, for the most part, the answer is yes, and the film is a success for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 20, 2006
Another 'true story' inspirational sports movie, and you pretty much know whether or not it's your brand of jockstrap from that fact alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Susan Granger
September 20, 2006
No sappy sports cliche or trite inspirational slogan is ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
September 20, 2006
Bad News Bangers
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 18, 2006
Well intentioned, but way too corny, way too over the top...
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