Undefeated Reviews

January 31, 2019
The epitome of what a good sports documentary should be.
August 30, 2018
There can be power and comfort in cliché, and let's get this one out of the way: it's not about winning or losing, but how you play the game.
June 22, 2018
"Feel-good movie of the year" is rarely a label that applies to documentaries. Yet, the Oscar-nominated Undefeated, which follows one season of an impoverished inner-city Memphis high school football team, may turn out to be exactly that.
September 18, 2017
Undefeated is as magnificent as its subject.
June 30, 2017
I admit, I was not enthusiastic about reviewing another sports film, let alone football. Now I can say that I understand why people see football as a religion -- in a good way.
July 1, 2016
The true heart of the film is jovial, red-haired coach Bill. Not having had a father, he passionately gives every fiber of his soul to helping these African American boys, who are also missing fathers.
June 2, 2013
if you find yourself reaching for the Kleenex during the film's final emotionally charged minutes, you most definitely won't be alone.
November 15, 2012
[E]xtraordinary in how it turns upside-down the typical feel-good, triumph-of-the-underdogs tropes of the subgenre...
October 10, 2012
A reminder of the power of good in a world where most people get too caught up in superficial matters. A wonderful documentary that will point life's purpose in the right direction.
September 27, 2012
Undefeated is far more interested in the resilience of the human spirit than one hundred yards of green turf.
August 6, 2012
Undefeated is all heart. Even those who couldn't care less about American Football will find this an affecting story about a man who really gives one hell of a damn.
August 5, 2012
It's an affecting and encouraging story.
August 3, 2012
Even if you have no interest in American football this is a compelling and inspirational story that brings a tear to the eye.
August 2, 2012
All eyes are on the ball, while the future screams from the sidelines.
August 2, 2012
Undefeated works the whole macho-sentimental template so vigorously and well it's practically a reflexive response to cry foul, but you'd have to find heroic reserves of cynicism not to care at all about the precarious fortunes of these unformed bruisers.
August 2, 2012
A watchable movie, no question. But perhaps best filed under guilty pleasures.
August 2, 2012
Can take its place proudly alongside the best in the genre.
August 1, 2012
Gripping, well made and genuinely inspirational documentary that packs a powerful emotional punch, even if some of the scenes seem suspiciously contrived for maximum tear-jerking purposes.
July 31, 2012
'Undefeated' is no 'Hoop Dreams', but it's sturdily built and worthwhile.
July 30, 2012
It may be a film that feels rather than analyses, but Undefeated is a compelling, uplifting experience that can't fail to move even the most US football-phobic.