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A true-life story of a basketball team who broke down barriers while racking up victories is the basis for this sports drama. Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) was a high school and college basketball star who, after six years of working with high school teams, became the head coach at Texas Western University in 1962. At that time, Texas Western's basketball program was not well respected, but Haskins was determined to change that, and in 1966 Haskins assembled what he was certain was a winning team. However, Haskins' starting lineup was comprised entirely of African-American athletes at a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"First-time director James Gartner observes all the rituals--the coach busting chops, the team sneaking out to party--but the players are indifferently characterized and the civil rights story has a fake Black History Month feel."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"An appealing Disney sports movie that underplays its potential, Glory Road is at least a more satisfying basketball saga than last year's Coach Carter."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Like most sports films Glory Road works best when it is actually showcasing its sport ... off the court, however, it's alternately flat and didactic. Director Gartner goes to great pains to drill the films message in, early and often."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Why must Hollywood lace every African-American drama with elements of comedy, as if black people find everything comical?"
‑ Kam Williams,
"This is the type of story that's better suited to the documentary format."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Glory Road is a rousing and worthy tribute to one of the most important college basketball teams and one of the most important championship games of all time."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Lacking the gritty reality of the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, this Jerry Bruckheimer film, directed by newcomer James Gartner, converts a year in the life of a basketball team into a very conventional triumph of the underdogs."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Glory Road doesn't have any of the individual moments that humanized Hoosiers, The Rookie, and Miracle. It's a feel-good sports movie by the numbers."
‑ Tony Macklin, Bright Lights Film Journal
"It isn't meant to be a movie that makes us think, or that makes us uneasy in any way. It's meant to make us feel good."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"An underdog sports movie by the numbers."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The team's accomplishments are here diluted into fodder for another of the producer's feel-good man-weepies."
‑ Matt Singer, Village Voice
"OK, so you really don't need me to tell you about Glory Road if you've ever seen a sports movie before. Just get out your sports-movie-cliché checklist and a pencil."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Playing out like Remember The Titans for basketball fans, Glory Road is yet another would-be inspirational true story that follows sports-movie conventions."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"Trying to make a sports movie for the entire family is understandable, but it makes a complicated story like Glory Road feel more like Disney than reality."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"Like Hoosiers, this Jerry Bruckheimer film is a David and Goliath sports saga that holds just as much suspense and interest no matter how many times you watch it."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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