Coach Carter
Coach Carter (2005)

The true-life story of a coach who tries to teach his players that there's more to life than basketball is brought to the screen in this sports drama. Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) was once a star player on the Richmond High School… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 14, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Even though it's based on a true story, Coach Carter is pretty formulaic stuff, but it's effective and energetic, thanks to a strong central performance from Samuel L. Jackson.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This is supposed to be about setting high standards, yet it's full of fudged ultimatums; in the end I couldn't be sure whether its morality was complex or just confused.

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

Saved by bursts of energy and inventiveness.

Barbara Sullivan
Buffalo News

No one should have to sit in a movie theater desperately waiting for the half-time buzzer.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Samuel L. Jackson shouts, yells, bellows, and screams his way through the fact-inspired film

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Carter gives every sports-drama cliche a chance to play. No bad idea is benched.

Joshua Starnes

With another in a long line of strong performances by Jackson, and some excellent basketball choreography, Coach Carter is fun, hopeful, occasionally silly and, what can I say, inspiring.

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Chris Tilly
Time Out

Although this is an inspirational genre pic that pushes all the requisite buttons throughout, you canâ(TM)t help but feel that rather than benching the team, director Thomas Carter should have benched a few of those ham-fisted sporting clichĂ (C)s instead.

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David Blaylock
Village Voice

Too vicious to speak to bleeding-heart liberals, too pro-academia to speak to No Child Left Behind advocates, and too preachy to speak to youths.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Engaging film with a terrific message.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
It's a cliche storyline, but it's captivating, heartfelt and inspirational to some degree. Coach Carter is great blend of basketball and drama and… More
Eric Alvarez
A very engaging film, this is Samuel L. Jackson at his finest.
Melvin White
Coach Ken Carter: l came to coach basketball players, and you became students. l came to teach boys, and you became men.  "It begins on the street. It… More
Bethany Murphy
Amazing film. One of my all time favourites. All of the cast were exceptional and this true story is full of positivity and leaves you smiling uncontrolably. A… More
Alex roy
Average sports drama that is predictable, Coach Carter doesn't do anything new or original. I felt that Coach Carter though good, was nothing great, and it… More
Jim Careter
Another great basketball movie. Samuel L. Jackson and the teenagers are great, really believable. The plot was okay, predictable and cliche at times, but it… More