Facing the Giants
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A failing high-school football coach finds that in order to succeed he must convince his team that there's more to sports than fame and glory in an inspirational tale of courage on the gridiron and the power of God's word. Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick) has been coaching the Shiloh Eagles for six years, and he has yet to realize his dream of a winning season. When the team's star player transfers schools, the first three games of the new season show no promise for improvement, troubles at home begin to take their toll, and a plot among the player's fathers to have him fired finds… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

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"By preaching to the converted so heavy-handedly, the filmmakers fumble an opportunity to reach beyond their target demo of devout churchgoers."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The wholesomeness of the message and the movie's cast make it feel 1950s retro."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Faith-based pigskin tale."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Earnest but amateurish."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"Here's a badly acted movie with a terrific story line that makes it well worth seeing."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Facing the Giants feels like an overly earnest church sketch of the type many evangelical congregations use as a teaching tool on Sunday between the worship music and pastor's message."
‑ William Lobdell, Los Angeles Times
"I'm not about to argue with the message, but the delivery system sinks below the level of after-school special, and the acting matches."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Kendrick needs to learn that didacticism isn't a film aesthetic."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"In a season in which Invincible and Gridiron Gang already have laid claim to the title of inspirational football movie, this looks like an also-ran."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A sermon much more than it is a movie."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Those looking for an evening's diversion will find it an amateur exercise that has the feel of a film-school project."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"The religious proselytizing in this football movie is about as subtle as a blindside hit by a 300-pound defensive end."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The separation of church and cinema amounts to a long yard at most in this high school football sermon from Georgia-based Baptist pastor Alex Kendrick."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Its feel-good storyline, shopworn message, and bottomless sermonizing would have played better in Sunday school than on the big screen, which is -- let's face it -- Babylon's turf."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"Most of the actors read their lines earnestly but flatly, and Kendrick has done them no favors by pushing them to play broad comedy in some scenes and anguished drama in others."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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