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We Are Marshall Reviews

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December 21, 2006
We Are Marshall is the most insidious kind of bad movie - the very well made kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 22, 2006
Too bad the film doesn't sustain the mix of sorrow and hope the story requires.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 14, 2006
What should have been an inspirational story about fortitude and courage in the face of mind-numbing tragedy becomes a compendium of sports cliches.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 21, 2006
Bright spots can't get at the script's failure to make this into a story about something bigger than sports, in the way Invincible, Miracle and Go Tigers did.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 16, 2006
"Grief is messy," says McShane's anguished dad. We Are Marshall's disingenuously tidy portrait of it, alas, is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
December 22, 2006
McG is conducting a one-note symphony, losing the impact of the real story of Marshall University.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 22, 2006
A better film would have acknowledged the limits of sport and discovered that when you're in mourning all you can do is distract yourself, either by hard work (on the part of the surviving teammates) or meaningless entertainment (the fans).
| Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
December 12, 2006
Takes in all the usual football movie clichés, and then adds to them a lot of vague emotional flailing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 22, 2006
What's missing is any kind of insight into the lives of the dead players or the members of the Young Thundering Herd who rise up to replace them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 20, 2006
The movie certainly has its heart in the right place, but that alone just isn't enough.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 22, 2006
This was undeniably a horrific event for the victims' families friends, colleagues as well as for the entire community. But the movie seems to almost exploit this tragedy so it can make audiences weep, and ultimately, cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 22, 2006
Swings wildly between somber and stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
McConaughey campily channels Jon Stewart channeling George W. Bush for his impersonation of Lengyel.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
December 21, 2006
Winds up feeling like a big story told only in a small way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 8, 2007
We are not impressed.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
December 18, 2006
Doesn't score any touchdowns in the emotion department.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 20, 2006
[O]f course real people's real pain can be turned, yet again, into trite, glossy cinematic junk food. How could we possibly doubt this?
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
December 21, 2006
As inspirational football movies go, this well-intentioned but disappointing effort sputters and stalls, like putting coal in a tattered Christmas stocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
December 21, 2006
Even lesser hacks than McG would have trouble making Jamie Linden's screenplay float, but I never thought it was possible to blow every big inspirational moment. Maybe because they are all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 8, 2007
Despite its best intentions, there is much in We Are Marshall that holds it back from being the best it can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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