12 Mighty Orphans

critic Reviews

, 63% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 12 Mighty Orphans will rouse faithful fans of old-fashioned inspirational sports dramas, but the target audience has seen this sort of thing done more effectively before.
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    Brad WheelerGlobe and Mail
    Who could resist a Depression-era sports drama involving Texas orphans and a gentle, do-gooder head football coach named Rusty Russell?
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    Cary DarlingHouston Chronicle
    It's an up-from-struggle story tailor-made for an old-fashioned, family-friendly, earnest, feel-good movie, and that's exactly what Roberts delivers,
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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    12 Mighty Orphans and 1,200 not-so-mighty clichés.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "12 Mighty Orphans" tries so hard to be inspirational that it trips itself up on its way out to the field. Great story, but the telling is second-string.
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    Gary M. KramerSalon.com
    "12 Mighty Orphans" is a feel-good football film. It's just not very good. But at times, it is good enough.
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    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times
    Nothing that happens in "12 Mighty Orphans" is unexpected, but these two pros still react with infectious wonder as the messages they send to their students take root and then sprout.
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    Aine O'ConnorSunday Independent (Ireland)
    Despite some violent scenes, overall it is a heartwarming watch that tweens especially might enjoy.
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    Michael SzymanskiThe Art of Monteque
    With a stellar familiar cast and a ripe pack of new talent, "12 Mighty Orphans" reminds me very much of the sleeper hit "Rudy" in 1993
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    Matthew BondThe Mail on Sunday (UK)
    Proved too sentimental for me and something of a waste of a cast, led by Luke Wilson and Martin Sheen. Shame.
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    Brian VinerDaily Mail (UK)
    The film never rises above the quality of one of those cornily saccharine made-for-TV Disney features that used to be confined to Sunday teatimes.
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