American Underdog

critic Reviews

, 75% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • American Underdog sticks to the standard inspirational sports drama playbook -- and proves once again that it can be very effective in the right hands.
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    Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com
    American Underdog doesn't ever really connect the modest virtuousness of Kurt and Brenda to Kurt's ascension as a quarterback.
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    Joe LeydonVariety
    "American Underdog" is a thoroughly predictable yet hugely entertaining sports biopic that is bound to please almost anyone who's not a sourball cynic or a snarky critic.
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    Michael OrdoñaLos Angeles Times
    The film is sanitized to the point of sterility.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    Warner's story is inspirational but intricate, and this wan film struggles to balance simple storytelling with the complexities of the sport.
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    Daniel NemanSt. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Each scene has its obvious purpose; you can almost see the scaffolding of the script behind the words. And yet.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    The just-good-enough tale of a nice guy who worked hard and believed in himself and eventually got his chance to shine.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    This is the Erwin Brothers' most polished effort yet.
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    Allison RoseFlickDirect
    Casting this film is one of the keys to its success. Levy not only has a similar physical appearance to Warner, but he comes across onscreen as a genuinely nice guy.
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    Tessa SmithMama's Geeky
    Levi and Paquin are great, and have decent chemistry, but his age and her wig are far too distracting throughout the entire film. Throw in the fact that this feels like two completely different movies, and American Underdog is a struggle to get through.
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    Levi (Shazam!) captures Warners on-the-field strengths and his old-fashioned charm, and hes well-matched with Paquins Brenda, a single mom who has learned to guard her heart after having it broken before.
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