When The Game Stands Tall
When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 18% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An uneasy blend of solid game sequences and threadbare inspirational sports drama clichés, When the Game Stands Tall is overshadowed by better players in a crowded field.

James Berardinelli

When the Game Stands Tall is one of those cliché-riddled feel good movies that, by trying too hard to be inspirational, ends up as cloying and overly sentimental.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A true tale of high school football achievement becomes a strained, by-the-numbers grab bag of uplift in the Christian sports drama "When the Game Stands Tall."

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Mixes bland dialogue, formulaic sports-movie plot points, and vague Christian teachings with some disturbingly naïve racial overtones. The story risks inducing concussion as it pounds and thumps its message home, over and over.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

The real-life story behind When the Game Stands Tall sounds amazing. But for all its exciting sports scenes, the movie version falls flat as drama.

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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer

When the Game Stands Tall is more manipulative than a hulking chiropractor. It's so busy beatifying its protagonist that it makes him into a grave idol rather than a man.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

We've seen the 'Full eyes, clear hearts, can't lose' ethic before on screen, and more winningly dramatized, but When the Game Stands Tall does a good, and family-friendly, job of encapsulating Ladouceur's 'winning' approach...

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Cliff Lee
Globe and Mail

Why must an extraordinary story beget such an ordinary film?

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

High school football can be described as a religion in many parts of America. Sappily melodramatic When the Game Stands Tall skips the middle man and blends both in a weak-willed, clichéd biopic of California coach Bob Ladouceur.

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Todd Jorgenson

... has its share of embellishments and formulaic tangents, and turns predictable in the second half, with a more traditional structure leading to an obligatory big-game finale.

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