My All American Reviews

November 13, 2015
Even those who love inspirational sports films might have to flinch from "My All American" is a movie so square, conservative and humorless that it winds up playing like a brutally straight-faced "South Park" parody of gridiron schmaltz."
November 13, 2015
American football is played on a rectangle, but movies about it can sure be square.
November 13, 2015
Don't get me wrong; this film accurately shares a wonderful guy's all-too-short life with us. I only wish it had been delivered in a more well-rounded way.
November 13, 2015
For those looking for a sports film of basic quality and genuine narrative, "My All American" is definitively useless.
November 13, 2015
"My All American" would have done better to dig deeper in its portrayal of a man who set such a high bar for the intrinsic character of a football player. Because he's actually the kind of example the sport could really use right now.
November 13, 2015
So white bread and scrubbed clean of any edges that it plays like a Saturday matinee at the cineplex in Pleasantville.
November 12, 2015
This is ideal fodder for Pizzo's brand of college-sports inspiration, but he pours on the corn syrup a little too thick.
November 12, 2015
Whether it's because of energy expended on dramatic tangents or because the story's difficult outcome demands a subtler touch, the film doesn't hit the emotional crescendo that Pizzo clearly pictures.
November 12, 2015
There's a point where a movie is so predictably manipulative that it starts to stifle the potential of the actors and deny audiences the opportunity to think on their own.
Top Critic
November 12, 2015
My All American, a football film as calculated as its title, runs through every clich in the genre playbook.
November 12, 2015
The movie is much like its hero, Freddie - straightforward, sweet, hard-working and predictable.
November 12, 2015
For all its basis in real-world events, Pizzo's scenario - adapted from the book "Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story" by Jim Dent - plays like thoroughly predictable, by-the-numbers fiction.
November 12, 2015
Is the film inspirational? Absolutely. Are its performances worthy? You bet.
November 12, 2015
"My All American" plays like an extended highlights reel, not a movie.
November 12, 2015
Based on Jim Dent's book Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story, the film doesn't offer any surprises as it marches to its weepy conclusion. But along the way it showcases some fine performances and a few bone-crushingly well-staged games.
November 12, 2015
Yes, there will be tears, and they are well-earned.
November 11, 2015
Strict adherence to the playbook may work in sports, but "My All American" shows the pitfalls of that approach with movies.