When The Game Stands Tall
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When The Game Stands Tall

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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
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"...almost as bad as that moment in cinematic history when the real Buzz Aldrin has a conversation with Optimus Prime. Should be retitled: When the Facts Don't Matter"
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix
"This insipid, formulaic sports drama fumbles, even though it's filled with earnest intentions."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"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
"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..."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A strong contender for the worst football movie ever made..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Despite having a unique message, When the Game Stands Tall is pretty boring stuff."
‑ Witney Seibold, CraveOnline
"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
"... 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."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Ultimately, though, it's as sappy and superficial as its title-it feels good on the surface, but it doesn't mean much at all."
‑ Andrew Johnson, Movie Mezzanine
"When the Game Stands Tall is an incomplete pass of a Sports-piration film."
‑ James Rocchi, About.com
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