The Express
The Express (2008)

Finding Forrester star Rob Brown steps into the cleats of Heisman Trophy-winning gridiron giant Ernie Davis in director Gary Fleder's inspirational sports docudrama. As a young boy reared not far from the northern Pennsylvania state… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 10, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This inspirational sports biopic set in the the civil rights era is interesting even for non-football fans, and features a great performance by Dennis Quaid as tough-but-fair football coach.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

The sports-movie template is capable of absorbing any story and delivering the same uplift.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The film does the job, in its conventional way. But it's geared to throw the prime screen time in the direction of the guy playing the guy coaching the guy who's supposed to be running the movie.

Mike Scott

It makes the most of its on-the-field drama, but it tends toward gross generalizations and oversentimentality. ... As a result, the film is burdened with hokiness.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

Rob Brown did a nice job.

Mike Clark
USA Today

Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional, except for two outstanding set pieces.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The movie also has its heart in the right place and it is as earnest as it can be. It simply falls short of being a great movie.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

Football fan or not, definitely be sure to see it.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The Express may prove valuable to movie historians since it's a compendium of virtually every sports movie cliché ever contrived.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

At times The Express couldn't decide whether it was telling a story of racial tensions, a general inspirational sports film or the tragic biography of Ernie Davis

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A surprisingly enjoyable movie, and one that - I think - got lost among a great many football movies, primarily Remember the Titans, Any Given Sunday (in which… More
Bobby Hobbs
The Ernie Davis story; it's told from his child hood back in 1949 up until his death in 1964. For those who are sports fans, this movie is an instant… More
Phil Hubbs
Another well made true factual sporting film about an all star black American football star in the 50's/60's when racism was a very hot cookie in the… More
Dean McKenna
Another drama based on the true story about USA football, but mostly absolutely story of the first African-American player, Ernie Davis, to be awarded the… More
Jason Lalljee
Although 'The Express' doesn't live up to the standards of movies such as 'Remember the Titans' but it manages to keep viewers excited… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I won't tell him he'll be the next Ernie Davis, because there'll never be another Ernie Davis."</i> A drama based on… More

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