Gridiron Gang
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The true story of the football team that proved sometimes second chances can make a difference comes to the screen in director Phil Joanou's tale of self-respect and social responsibility on the gridiron. Sean Porter (The Rock) is a detention camp probation officer who oversees the inmates at Camp Kilpatrick in Los Angeles and isn't willing to simply write off the violent offenders who have been placed in his care. Though their prospects for the future are decidedly bleak, Porter is convinced that if he can just get through to his adolescent inmates they may finally be able to turn… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If The Rock could clone himself to appear in juvenile halls across the country, the recidivism rate would get body-slammed within a few weeks."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"... a lugubrious tutorial on the importance of being a winner."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"It's a difficult balancing act between gang life and the sports film where inspiring moments can very easily become maudlin and wearing. Gridiron Gang slips and stumbles a bit in the second half but for the most part makes it across whole."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Despite the occasional mixed message and overwrought moment, Gridiron Gang is a sincere, moving film about a worthwhile subject"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"It's unfortunate that what was undoubtedly an inspirational story could end up onscreen as such a been-there done-that hack job."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"Well intentioned, but way too corny, way too over the top..."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Auds will respond, either to the uplifting message and the solid action sequences."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Dwayne Johnson pushes his emotionally charged performance so hard that you think he might pop a blood vessel."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Watchable, decently made drama with some strong performances, but the script is disappointing given the real-life story behind the film."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"...the film's various problems [are] exacerbated by a ridiculously overlong running time (it's 125 minutes!)"
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"... as Robert Aldrich proved in The Longest Yard, a football movie should be able to hit harder."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"Gridiron entertains and makes a powerful point about the faults inherent in the penal system, particularly for youths with hopes of rehabilitation."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The surprisingly effective Gridiron Gang will find its way into that harshly defended emotional endzone, even if they might not necessarily admit it to their friends."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"What begins as a series of pleasant revelations and a deft example of genre defiance is nearly crippled by cliche in its second half, but The Rock's surprising dramatic magnetism will hold you until the final whistle."
‑ Sam Toy, Empire Magazine
"It's technically well-made, but lacks the writing or acting skills to make it work."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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