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McFarland USA Reviews

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May 3, 2019
Likely helped by its factual, period grounding the end result is an old-fashioned offering that's authentically rousing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 30, 2019
A family film that will inspire everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 14, 2019
It's like some sort of patriotic, eye-opening acid trip. These hard-working kids deserve to win, goddammit! You know what they really deserve? A movie of their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5
November 16, 2018
Tells its by-the-bootstraps story so winningly that, predictable though it may be, it's still hard not to find it thoroughly rousing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 21, 2018
Regardless of the sometimes flat emotional acting, the story still maintains its ability to pull on your heartstrings.
August 10, 2017
The social reach of McFarland, USA is more than the story of a team of runners and a broken-down coach who show what they are made of. It's about community and becoming people of character, getting an education, and coming back to give back.
February 23, 2016
Not a 'great' film per se, but definitely a worthwhile telling of a heartwarmingly Disney, sports-themed tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 2, 2016
McFarland still warms the cockles, Costner's flawed character proves watchable and everyone, particularly the younger actors gives solid performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 18, 2015
It could move a little faster and be a little less proud of its own progressiveness. But McFarland is a sports movie that knows what it's doing for the most part and ends strong.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2015
What makes McFarland USA so successful, and so bracing, is the way that its protagonist becomes aware of something that is rarely broached in these sorts of narratives - his own privilege.
November 5, 2015
Like the best sports movies, McFarland, USA makes sure the action on the field is only one part of the cinematic spectrum. And in this case, it's a spectrum worth seeing.
September 28, 2015
There are no great surprises here but the cultural backdrop - almost everyone in the town is Mexican - adds interest and Costner is at his most relaxed and appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 25, 2015
Niki Caro uses every device at her disposal to make a rousing, feelgood movie but risks turning the film into a glorified fairytale in the process.
September 24, 2015
McFarland, USA is a modern anomaly -- a Kevin Costner sports movie that's genuinely rousing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 24, 2015
Kiwi director Niki Caro, best known for the Maori fable Whale Rider, makes underdog stories you keep wanting to get behind, and Costner's born-again-good-guy routine doesn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2015
You run with it, just.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2015
The kids are a likeable bunch and Costner, as ever, imbues the hooey with enough gravitas to make you care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2015
Although it doesn't strictly adhere to the facts, McFarland is a treasure trove of sporting goodness, while also being a warm, human tale about love, family and learning that a high pain threshold is part of the ticket to success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 3, 2015
'Put Kevin Costner in it and you've got a sporty Stand and Deliver. The script writes itself.'
April 16, 2015
The film manages to transcend these clichés to create something that is original and innovative enough to warrant a watch even for veterans of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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