Facing the Giants
Facing the Giants (2006)

A failing high-school football coach finds that in order to succeed he must convince his team that there's more to sports than fame and glory in an inspirational tale of courage on the gridiron and the power of God's word. Grant… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 29, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The tropes of both football and evangelical movies are gracelessly on parade in this banal, insipid drama.

Joe Leydon

By preaching to the converted so heavy-handedly, the filmmakers fumble an opportunity to reach beyond their target demo of devout churchgoers.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The wholesomeness of the message and the movie's cast make it feel 1950s retro.

Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Faith-based pigskin tale.

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William Lobdell
Los Angeles Times

Facing the Giants feels like an overly earnest church sketch of the type many evangelical congregations use as a teaching tool on Sunday between the worship music and pastor's message.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

I'm not about to argue with the message, but the delivery system sinks below the level of after-school special, and the acting matches.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Kendrick needs to learn that didacticism isn't a film aesthetic.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Those looking for an evening's diversion will find it an amateur exercise that has the feel of a film-school project.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The religious proselytizing in this football movie is about as subtle as a blindside hit by a 300-pound defensive end.

Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

The separation of church and cinema amounts to a long yard at most in this high school football sermon from Georgia-based Baptist pastor Alex Kendrick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Bowler
this is a really inspiring movie. my expectations for it were on the floor before i watched it, but i actually really liked it.
Bruce Bruce
One of The best Movies I have seen in a long time, Its good to still see that a movie that includes religion still makes it to the big Screen. If you love the… More
Bobby Hobbs
Facing The Giants is better then "Friday Night Lights", but not quite a "Remember The Titans." It stands as my second favorite football… More
Dillon Lupky
Predicatable plotting along with religion being shoved in our face repeatedly make this 'drama' near impossible for non-christians to enjoy.
Lafe Fredbjornson
An uplifting Christian-heavy football movie with a decent budget. Sappy and predictable at times, it offers hope for those who need to win. There were… More
Dannielle Albert
There were a couple of "canned" scenes (meaning that they were Christian cliché) but I still got choked up anyway so I guess the performance was good… More