McFarland USA
McFarland USA (2015)

From Disney comes MCFARLAND, the true against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged community. (C) Disney

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 20, 2015
DVD Release Date: June 2, 2015
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Disney's inspirational sports drama formula might be old hat, but McFarland, USA proves it still works -- especially with a talented director and eminently likable star in the mix.

Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Yes, "McFarland USA" has the obligatory coda where we found out how everything played out for the coach and the key members of that 1987 team. You should stick around for that.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

You fall for the kids playing the runners because Caro lets their souls come through in the bus rides and the race sequences and the shameless scenes of cabbage picking.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

Not a 'great' film per se, but definitely a worthwhile telling of a heartwarmingly Disney, sports-themed tale.

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David Ehrlich
Time Out

The latest in a long line of condescendingly inspirational sports movies about a catalog Caucasian who learns that people of other races are also capable of being decent.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

[Costner] could have sailed through this film but he gives his role an ingrained orneriness and melancholy that lifts the entire enterprise.

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Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)

McFarland still warms the cockles, Costner's flawed character proves watchable and everyone, particularly the younger actors gives solid performances.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Here's a movie that should be disposable at best, and racially condescending at worst, and yet it sticks with you. It comes by its emotions honestly and wins you over.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Inspiration is for sale in here. And though more than a spoonful of sugar is slathered over the fact-based script, the movie delivers as promised on the thrill of the race and the lump in the throat.

Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

It could move a little faster and be a little less proud of its own progressiveness. But McFarland is a sports movie that knows what it's doing for the most part and ends strong.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
Can a movie be completely predictable and still be entertaining? With McFarland, USA the answer is an unqualified yes. I will admit that the narrative follows… More
Bradley J
McFarland USA undeniably means well. It's sweet and charming, but like most inspirational sports movies, there is not a single surprise or unpredictable… More
Nate Zoebl
Many movies follow a proven formula very closely, but sometimes a well written, well executed formulaic movie can remind you how appealing that formula can be,… More
Kameron Woodall
A great feel good sports story with the right amount of drama, humor, and the true story it was based upon
Kase Vollebregt
A predictable but heartwarming true story lifted by Costner's presence.
Jarrin Rozenblad
This was a great sports/coaching movie because it wasn't about sports, it was about life. To really look at others and understand their situation, these… More