Coach Carter
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The true-life story of a coach who tries to teach his players that there's more to life than basketball is brought to the screen in this sports drama. Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) was once a star player on the Richmond High School basketball team in Richmond, CA, and years later, after establishing himself in publishing and marketing, he returns to the school and to the team as the new basketball coach. Carter quickly sees that his work is cut out for him -- the team is having an awful season, and their fights off the court are more decisive than their play on the court. While Carter… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is supposed to be about setting high standards, yet it's full of fudged ultimatums; in the end I couldn't be sure whether its morality was complex or just confused."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Saved by bursts of energy and inventiveness."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture
"With another in a long line of strong performances by Jackson, and some excellent basketball choreography, Coach Carter is fun, hopeful, occasionally silly and, what can I say, inspiring."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"While the film is over the top at times, Coach Carter has a big heart that doesn't shy away from challenging the American education system."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"...the movie is more concerned with the characters than with the sport. So it's a movie for anyone to enjoy."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Samuel L. Jackson shouts, yells, bellows, and screams his way through the fact-inspired film"
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Carter gives every sports-drama cliche a chance to play. No bad idea is benched."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Engaging film with a terrific message."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"How terribly ironic that the story of an educator who dared to challenge the mental capacity of his students can produce a film that so shamelessly spoon-feeds its audience."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"A worthy addition to familiar triumph-of-the-underdog stories."
‑ Leigh Singer, Film4
"Although this is an inspirational genre pic that pushes all the requisite buttons throughout, you canâ(TM)t help but feel that rather than benching the team, director Thomas Carter should have benched a few of those ham-fisted sporting clichĂ (C)s instead."
‑ Chris Tilly, Time Out
"Too vicious to speak to bleeding-heart liberals, too pro-academia to speak to No Child Left Behind advocates, and too preachy to speak to youths."
‑ David Blaylock, Village Voice
"Samuel Jackson returns to form behind a long string of disappointing performances as an ethically minded basketball coach at a tough inner city high school in Richmond, California."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"By making the choices the filmmakers did here, we get a movie that may not be profound, but it's both highly entertaining for its sports and fascinating for its social issues."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"There's a kick butt performance from Samuel Jackson, the master of the take-no-prisoners motormouth school of acting, even if it is only a high school gym."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
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