The Replacements
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The 1987 National Football League players' strike inspired this sports-themed comedy. The Washington Sentinels are one of the strongest teams in pro football -- until contract negotiations break down and the Sentinels go on strike. Determined to play the team's schedule, owner Edward O'Neil (Jack Warden) recruits a ragtag band of scab players, to be headed up and whipped into shape by the retired veteran coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman). At the top of the recruitment list is quarterback Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), a promising athlete until a catastrophic defeat in the Sugar Bowl… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's like a standard sports movie, but with every point made twice or three times -- as if we'd never seen one before."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Often entertaining despite itself, thanks mostly to a screenful of surprisingly engaging performances."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Lightweight but likeable football story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The Replacements is a bad movie, but a likable one."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"There isn't a single bone of originality in its entire 110-minute running time, yet it just almost works out of sheer force of will."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A soggy comedy."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"While there's plenty in this movie that's mildly funny, The Replacements is nothing more than a high school romp."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"At least the ending doesn't cop out. There is no big happy ending where everyone gets a pro football gig or a big Nike ad campaign."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Wearing the same blank expression that's become his trademark, Reeves proves that after 15 years in movies he still can't deliver a joke."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A pretty anemic piece of work."
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"A barely coherent comedy."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"average lighthearted entertainment ... to be queued up more than normal in the coming months with a potential NFL lockout and strike looming"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Football flick has a great lineup, but fumbles the ball."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"...what we have here is your basic feelgood comedy about scabs.."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"You will watch this movie and find it so familiar, you'll think you wrote it."
‑ Robert Wilonsky, New Times
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