McFarland USA
McFarland USA (2015)

From Disney comes MCFARLAND, the true against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged community. (C) Disney

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 2, 2015
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Disney's inspirational sports drama formula might be old hat, but McFarland, USA proves it still works -- especially with a talented director and eminently likable star in the mix.

Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Yes, "McFarland USA" has the obligatory coda where we found out how everything played out for the coach and the key members of that 1987 team. You should stick around for that.

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Wesley Morris

You fall for the kids playing the runners because Caro lets their souls come through in the bus rides and the race sequences and the shameless scenes of cabbage picking.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Like the best sports movies, McFarland, USA makes sure the action on the field is only one part of the cinematic spectrum. And in this case, it's a spectrum worth seeing.

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David Ehrlich
Time Out

The latest in a long line of condescendingly inspirational sports movies about a catalog Caucasian who learns that people of other races are also capable of being decent.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

[Costner] could have sailed through this film but he gives his role an ingrained orneriness and melancholy that lifts the entire enterprise.

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

There are no great surprises here but the cultural backdrop - almost everyone in the town is Mexican - adds interest and Costner is at his most relaxed and appealing.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Here's a movie that should be disposable at best, and racially condescending at worst, and yet it sticks with you. It comes by its emotions honestly and wins you over.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Inspiration is for sale in here. And though more than a spoonful of sugar is slathered over the fact-based script, the movie delivers as promised on the thrill of the race and the lump in the throat.

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Geoffrey Macnab

Niki Caro uses every device at her disposal to make a rousing, feelgood movie but risks turning the film into a glorified fairytale in the process.

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A predictable but heartwarming true story lifted by Costner's presence.
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