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Legendary Reviews

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 8, 2010
An after-school special on steroids, Legendary is the story of a fake wrestler teaching his kid brother how to be a real wrestler.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Roark
Dallas Morning News
September 10, 2010
Legendary relies heavily on veteran actors Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover. However good they are, they're incapable of making it any better than a made-for-TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 10, 2010
Exactly what you might expect, right down to the montage of blindfolded tussling, jogging and high-fives to the tune of unrelenting inspirational music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 9, 2010
Will the whole family come together and heal its wounds? The answer is as contrived as the outcome of a WWE match.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 8, 2010
The script, by actor turned writer John Posey, has structural problems and motivational issues in between the cliches. And Cena, a few movies into his career, is still all presence and no acting.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 26, 2010
As schmaltzy after-school special/Hallmark Hall of Fame family fare goes, Legendary isn't so bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 9, 2010
It's a feel-good Kleenex(TM) dispenser of a movie, and there's nothing necessarily wrong with that, but it's routine Hallmark Hall of Afterschool Special material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 9, 2010
Legendary is so intent on paying heartfelt tribute to dogged young athletes that it neglects basic story needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 29, 2010
Not nearly cinematic enough or well-written enough to take that doozy of a step that so often separates "inspirational" and "hokey."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
September 9, 2010
Through all the emotional heaves and tosses, Cena is dead on. Unfortunately, the direction by Mel Damski isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2010
A down-home fable of familial healing that asks wrestling star John Cena to hold his weight opposite Patricia Clarkson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
September 10, 2010
The kind of fake movie that you sometimes see in the background of real movies as a joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
September 8, 2010
A well-meaning dud that'll put you out faster than a sleeper hold.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 10, 2010
Clarkson cries on cue, perhaps recalling what an awful film she's in.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
September 6, 2010
John Cena radiates subdued menace and cool daring on screen. The problem is that he's intended as strictly dramatic wallpaper to this more suds than steroids coming of age wrestler story derivative of countless other sports tales.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
September 10, 2010
Predictable but moving sports drama goes beyond wrestling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 9, 2010
1985's Vision Quest is still the best movie on the subject, and that isn't saying much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
September 9, 2010
For a movie with a star wrestler at the center of it, Legendary doesn't pack much of a punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 10, 2010
Follows a straight narrative line to its cliched ending without a deviation from formula.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 10, 2010
Every emotional moment is punctuated by plinking piano, and every wrestling match is underscored by hard rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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