When The Game Stands Tall
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When The Game Stands Tall
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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.""
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Despite having a unique message, When the Game Stands Tall is pretty boring stuff."
‑ Witney Seibold, CraveOnline
"When the Game Stands Tall is a mess of a film that gets lost in its inability to tell a single story."
‑ Matthew Razak, Flixist.com
"When the film is over, you're not likely to stand up and cheer."
‑ Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee
"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."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"When the Game Stands Tall is an incomplete pass of a Sports-piration film."
‑ James Rocchi, About.com
"Inspiring in a bland sort of way and doesn't come close to standing as tall as the title."
‑ Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald
"Football biopic has positive messages but doesn't score."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Why must an extraordinary story beget such an ordinary film?"
‑ Cliff Lee, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Caviezel's performance is so low-key, it almost feels like he's standing on the sidelines of the movie in which he's supposed to be starring."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"It is the kind of family film that seeks to negate criticism of any type by declaring itself "clean" and "decent" and ultimately spiritual."
‑ Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot
"The movie suffers from something even more than the stale dialogue and Brown's overacting. It's the sound effects of the action on the field."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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