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Finding Forrester star Rob Brown steps into the cleats of Heisman Trophy-winning gridiron giant Ernie Davis in director Gary Fleder's inspirational sports docudrama. As a young boy reared not far from the northern Pennsylvania state line, Davis dreamed of blasting through the end zone and scoring a triumphant touchdown while fans rose to their feet and cheered. When Davis later became a star running back for the Syracuse Orangemen, his dreams were finally on the way to becoming a reality. Under the wing of coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid), it seemed as if there is nothing that could… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sports-movie template is capable of absorbing any story and delivering the same uplift."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"The film does the job, in its conventional way. But it's geared to throw the prime screen time in the direction of the guy playing the guy coaching the guy who's supposed to be running the movie."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It makes the most of its on-the-field drama, but it tends toward gross generalizations and oversentimentality. ... As a result, the film is burdened with hokiness."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"The Express is running on two rails at the same time. There's sentiment, which is true. And there's sentimentality, which is not. At its best, The Express is a moving tribute; at its worst, it's conventional manipulation."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"A fine example of the form. Cliched and sentimental it might be, but in the case of The Express, these criticisms almost count as plus points."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Rob Brown did a nice job."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional, except for two outstanding set pieces."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"The movie also has its heart in the right place and it is as earnest as it can be. It simply falls short of being a great movie."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"While there's nothing remarkable about the way director Gary Fleder has brought The Express to the screen, this is a solid film that does justice to Davis' legacy."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Full of stirring speeches and manly chins quivering with emotion, every frame is a cliché."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Football fan or not, definitely be sure to see it."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"The Express may prove valuable to movie historians since it's a compendium of virtually every sports movie cliché ever contrived."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"At times The Express couldn't decide whether it was telling a story of racial tensions, a general inspirational sports film or the tragic biography of Ernie Davis"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"While never as trailblazing as its subject, The Express is a worthy addition to the lengthy canon of sports biopics."
‑ William Thomas, Empire Magazine
"Gary Fleder's sporting drama has its heart in the right place but, sheesh, that title grows more ironic with each crawling minute."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
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