The Program

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A college football coach (James Caan) forfeits all but winning to get his troubled team to the big game.

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Critic Reviews for The Program

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (12)

  • Those are fairly standard story lines in a football movie, so that leaves the assorted relationship subplots, which frankly, are worse.

    January 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Most of the focus is on Sheffer, whose character is too enigmatic, while Epps , Berry and Swanson gamely try to pull for extra dramatic yardage but can't do much with their underwritten roles.

    March 26, 2009

    Brian Lowry

    Variety
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  • The Program is a routine Joe College movie, with the added twist that Joe College is Joe Kane (Craig Sheffer), a prime contender for the Heisman Trophy.

    August 30, 2004
  • One might want to consider wearing a helmet while watching.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The Program is a mish-mash of cliches.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • As noisy and ludicrous as all this sounds, the movie does have its share of guilty pleasures. Like the kid on steroids, it's revved so high that it's out of control.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Program

  • Aug 06, 2011
    poor sports film that disappeared as soon as it was released
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2007
    this film was huge with my friends upon its release but its themes were a little silly for me. really just a brainless football film for people who look for cheap tricks.
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2006
    This is a great football film. The film shows the good and the dark side of American college football. The film stars James Caan as the football coach who tries to get his team a winning season. Of course he looks the other way when it comes to many things with his players education and trouble with steroid use and behaviour off the field. A good supporting cast makes up this movie. This is a must see for any football fan. If you liked Varsity Blues and Any Given Sunday then give this movie a watch.
    Corey n Super Reviewer

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