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Legendary Reviews

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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.
Read More | 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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 10, 2010
It may not live up to that grandiose title, but this rousingly sweet little flick is certainly nothing to go out of your way to avoid.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 10, 2010
A by-the-numbers sports drama with a death grip on clichés and acting every bit as flat as the mat...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2010
Patricia Clarkson's charismatic warmth elevates an awkward inspirational sports drama.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
September 10, 2010
Better thesped and helmed than its schmaltzy premise probably warrants.
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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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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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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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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2010
A school wrestling drama so mired in family-film clichés it can never shake loose the suspicion that -- not unlike certain high-gloss mat bouts -- the emotional fix is in from the get-go.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 9, 2010
Like the inspirational sagas that show up on low-grade cable, Legendary follows a familiar blueprint designed for maximum feel-good effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 9, 2010
Finally, WWE Studios has made a film that wouldn't feel out of place on the Hallmark Channel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
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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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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-
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 8, 2010
Talk about movies that cannot possibly live up to their titles.
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David Fear
Time Out
September 8, 2010
It's as if the filmmakers swallowed the sports-movie handbook and regurgitated every cliché in half-digested form.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 7, 2010
[A] slow drip of high-fructose corn syrup.