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Gridiron Gang Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 18, 2006
Well intentioned, but way too corny, way too over the top...
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September 15, 2006
... as Robert Aldrich proved in The Longest Yard, a football movie should be able to hit harder.
September 15, 2006
... a lugubrious tutorial on the importance of being a winner.
September 15, 2006
Auds will respond, either to the uplifting message and the solid action sequences.
September 15, 2006
Gridiron entertains and makes a powerful point about the faults inherent in the penal system, particularly for youths with hopes of rehabilitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2006
While grittier on the surface, Phil Joanou's allegedly 'true story' inspired Gridiron Gang is as soft and safe in its centre as any of the two dozen or so inspirational pigskin operas that have been released in the past two years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 15, 2006
Many of the young actors are also quite good in a large ensemble that doesn't become the jumbled mess it could have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2006
... nearly as bleak as it is uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2006
Great message, so-so movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2006
... an extremely inefficient film, wasting time -- the movie's and ours.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2006
... nearly every time it has the chance to make a play -- it fumbles.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2006
... the movie's good intentions are consistently undermined by its simplistic notion of redemption, and its inspirational thrust is diluted by an epilogue that suggests the program still has a ways to go in the life-altering department.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2006
Some movies present their whole story in a two-minute trailer, but Gridiron Gang says it all in its poster ...
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2006
The Rock commits himself admirably to this trite tale, but by the end, even his enormous shoulders buckle under the weight of so many cliches.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2006
... you wouldn't say Gridiron Gang is a touchdown, but it's not a fumble either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2006
This lazy and episodic tacking (pep talk, game, pep talk, game) aggravated me because it sabotages the film's social relevance and honest-to-goodness cinematic uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2006
If you like your sports movies, especially your football movies, larded with more clichés than a politician's stump speech, Gridiron Gang begs to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2006
It may not be a great film, but it is a thoroughly admirable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 15, 2006
Had Gridiron Gang dared to challenge its audience with a larger dose of reality, it might have broken the field and become something memorable and meaningful.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2006
As sports movies go, Gridiron Gang isn't bad, just not top-line material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2006
Though it doesn't really teach us anything new, Gridiron Gang -- mainly due to the powerful screen presence of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson -- is mildly entertaining and, at times, somewhat compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2006
... despite the shameless cutting and pasting, it's hard to argue with the movie's intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2006
The movie slows to a crawl as new obstacles and melodramas pile up like linemen on a quarterback.
September 14, 2006
... about as inspirational as a yawn.
September 14, 2006
... utterly predictable ...
Read More | Original Score: C
September 14, 2006
Despite its good intentions, Gridiron Gang is full of cliches, but at least they're captivating cliches.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 14, 2006
The film is energetic and technically polished, with flashes of humor ...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2006
The film has nowhere near as many well-developed characters as it has street, prison yard and on-field brawls.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2006
The picture is so earnest that it leaves out the easy, old-school pleasure conjured by the last few years of Disney sports flicks (Invincible, Miracle, The Rookie).
Full Review | Original Score: C