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The Longshots Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Drew Toal
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Harper Barnes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
It is unabashedly sentimental and, at times sincerely touching, mainly when Ice Cube and Palmer are alone together on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
August 28, 2008
The most surprising thing about the inspirational sports movie The Longshots is not that there isn't already an inspirational sports movie with that exact name. The big shock is that the director Fred Durst -- and he doesn't do half bad.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 22, 2008
A cliché-riddled, warm and fuzzy, small-town sports drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2008
The Longshots is a likable enough Cinderella story, one whose heart is clearly in the right place, even if it winds up on its sleeve once too often.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 22, 2008
This genuinely affecting movie, based on a true story, has a heart as big as a football field even when its plot points are telegraphed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 22, 2008
The Longshots (awful title, guys) plays every instrument in the cliché orchestra, but it at least plays them well, and its characters are likable enough to settle in with for a pleasant hour and a half.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 22, 2008
Its charms, however slight or familiar, are present and its family-friendly characters and dialogue are refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 22, 2008
There's nothing about the film's workmanlike, achingly conventional direction that says 'Fred Durst.' Thank God
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 22, 2008
Anyone familiar with other inspirational sports movies knows that they lead up to a crucial game. The Longshots is no exception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
August 22, 2008
So how does the creative team behind The Longshots freshen up such a hackneyed, cliché-ridden franchise? The answer is that, despite a game effort, they don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 22, 2008
Former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst directs in a surprisingly dull fashion, and most of the characters, including Jasmine's mother and father, are numbingly one-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Mayo
Washington Post
August 22, 2008
The film works so well because the sports elements are the least important.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 22, 2008
If I've seen one movie about a team of underdogs, I've seen a dozen. But I hadn't seen The Longshots before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 22, 2008
Predictable course of practices, winning games and overcoming personal obstacles.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
August 22, 2008
What makes this one different? Absolutely nothing. (Sure, it's based on a true story, but I mean come on, whatever.)
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 21, 2008
There are few movies out right now more genuine than this Cinderella story.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2008
Musicians in need of a metronome could pick up a steady beat from The Longshots, a thoroughly conventional sports-underdog movie based on the real-life first female quarterback in the Pop Warner junior football league.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 21, 2008
Durst and Cube and Co. have done a decent job with a movie that never set out to be more than an average crowd pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
August 20, 2008
Every triumph registers low on the emotion meter, and most of the supporting characters are two-dimensional at best.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 20, 2008
A surprisingly tepid directorial effort by Limp Bizkit nu-metal rocker Fred Durst, pic seldom deviates from the genre-cliche playbook.
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
August 19, 2008
Director Durst and DP Conrad W. Hall bathe everything in a sickly beige, neutering all but Cube's natural charisma.