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Gridiron Gang Reviews

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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-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 18, 2006
Well intentioned, but way too corny, way too over the top...
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Chicago Reader
September 15, 2006
... as Robert Aldrich proved in The Longest Yard, a football movie should be able to hit harder.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 15, 2006
... a lugubrious tutorial on the importance of being a winner.
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John Anderson
Variety
September 15, 2006
Auds will respond, either to the uplifting message and the solid action sequences.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 15, 2006
... nearly as bleak as it is uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 15, 2006
Great message, so-so movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 15, 2006
... an extremely inefficient film, wasting time -- the movie's and ours.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 15, 2006
... nearly every time it has the chance to make a play -- it fumbles.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 15, 2006
Some movies present their whole story in a two-minute trailer, but Gridiron Gang says it all in its poster ...
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 15, 2006
It may not be a great film, but it is a thoroughly admirable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 15, 2006
As sports movies go, Gridiron Gang isn't bad, just not top-line material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 15, 2006
The movie slows to a crawl as new obstacles and melodramas pile up like linemen on a quarterback.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
September 14, 2006
... about as inspirational as a yawn.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 14, 2006
... utterly predictable ...
| Original Score: C
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
September 14, 2006
Despite its good intentions, Gridiron Gang is full of cliches, but at least they're captivating cliches.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 14, 2006
The film is energetic and technically polished, with flashes of humor ...
| Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Pais
Chicago Tribune
September 14, 2006
The film has nowhere near as many well-developed characters as it has street, prison yard and on-field brawls.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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