McFarland USA


McFarland USA

Critics Consensus

Disney's inspirational sports drama formula might be old hat, but McFarland, USA proves it still works -- especially with a talented director and eminently likable star in the mix.



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User Ratings: 26,561
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From Disney comes MCFARLAND, the true against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged community. (C) Disney

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Kevin Costner
as Jim White
Maria Bello
as Cheryl White
Morgan Saylor
as Julie White
Sergio Avelar
as Victor Puentes
Hector Duran
as Johnny Sameniego
Rafael Martinez
as David Diaz
Johnny Ortiz
as Jose Cardenas
Ramiro Rodriguez
as Danny Diaz
Danny Mora
as Sammy Rosaldo
Valente Rodriguez
as Principal Camillo
Vanessa Martinez
as Maria Marsol
Chris Ellis Jr.
as Coach Jenks
Diana-Maria Riva
as Señora Diaz
Omar Leyva
as Señor Diaz
Chelsea Rendon
as Sonia Rosaldo
Michael Aguero
as Damacio Diaz
Elsie Fisher
as Jamie White
Natalia Córdova
as Señora Valles
Ben Bray
as Ernesto Valles
Eloy Casados
as Dale Padilla
Josh Clark
as Coach Jameson
Ashley Bravo
as Lola Valles
Chad Mountain
as Clovis Coach
J. Downing
as Race Official
Brian Connors
as Park Aide
Alex MacNicoll
as Fitz Mitchell
Michael Tong
as Hunter - Centennial Runner
Baxter Frick
as Blowdry - Stevens Creek Runner
Juana Flores
as Señora Soto
Regi Davis
as Centennial Coach
Connor Weil
as Palo Alto Runner #1
Tyler Sellers
as Palo Alto Runner #2
Anthony Renaud
as Starter (Race #1)
Brian Hayes Currie
as Stevens Creek Coach
Sarah Benoit
as Principal Camillo's Assistant
Isabelle Ortega
as School Librarian
Jorge Luis Padilla
as Young Cholo
Salvador Velez
as Player #1
Isaiah Gonzales
as Player #2
Catherine Toribio
as Flirting Girl #1
Rosa Ochoa
as Flirting Girl #2
Rebeca Silva
as Grandmother Valles
John Funk
as Centennial Assistant Coach
Sean O'Connell
as Morro Bay Coach
Jeffrey G. Sheller
as Palo Alto Assistant Coach
Alfredo Lopez
as Mariachi Singer
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Critic Reviews for McFarland USA

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (38)

  • McFarland, USA is a modern anomaly -- a Kevin Costner sports movie that's genuinely rousing.

    Sep 24, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • You run with it, just.

    Sep 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • Yes, "McFarland USA" has the obligatory coda where we found out how everything played out for the coach and the key members of that 1987 team. You should stick around for that.

    Feb 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5
  • The latest in a long line of condescendingly inspirational sports movies about a catalog Caucasian who learns that people of other races are also capable of being decent.

    Feb 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Ehrlich

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Here's a movie that should be disposable at best, and racially condescending at worst, and yet it sticks with you. It comes by its emotions honestly and wins you over.

    Feb 21, 2015 | Full Review…
  • You fall for the kids playing the runners because Caro lets their souls come through in the bus rides and the race sequences and the shameless scenes of cabbage picking.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for McFarland USA

  • Jun 19, 2016
    McFarland USA undeniably means well. It's sweet and charming, but like most inspirational sports movies, there is not a single surprise or unpredictable story beat in this film. It is very much an underdogs rising up to victory tale. The script also falls flat with the scenes involving Costner's wife, feeling awkward and labored. McFarland USA will choke up undemanding viewers, but there isn't enough in it to be remembered as a great sports film. Rating: 59
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2016
    A great feel good sports story with the right amount of drama, humor, and the true story it was based upon
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2016
    Disney hits the right notes with this based on true events sports drama in which Costner proves he still has acting ability and the story is uplifting and moving. The young actors are all talented and Maria Bello has some nice moments as Costner's supportive wife. Director Niki Caro paces the film extremely well and the photography is stunning. A true feel good movie! 02-02-2016
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2015
    An excellent, realistic but feel-good film. This is another classic sports film from Disney that will make you feel a range of emotions. You will be rooting for this team so hard by the end of the film. Check this movie out.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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