We Are Marshall
We Are Marshall (2006)

A true story of tragedy, hope, and resilience comes to the screen in this sports drama. Huntington, WV, is home to Marshall University, a school where college football is a way of life. Huntington is also a town that learned to deal with… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 22, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Matthew McConaughey almost runs We Are Marshall to the end zone, but can't stop it from taking the easy, feel-good route in memorializing this historic event in American sports.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Unlike a lot of sports movies, it doesn't end with a championship or a great upset over a powerhouse. The real victory on the Marshall campus was in fielding a team that honored and respected the legacy of the 1970 team.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

What's missing is any kind of insight into the lives of the dead players or the members of the Young Thundering Herd who rise up to replace them.

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Brandon Fibbs

McConaughey campily channels Jon Stewart channeling George W. Bush for his impersonation of Lengyel.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

We Are Marshall isn't about grief or loss, but how these things can be overcome. It's uplifting, but shallow.

Ted Fry
Seattle Times

A series of montage and anecdotal vignettes follows as they recruit a whole new team, learn lessons from the catastrophe, lose and then win, with plenty of sentimentality sprinkled over the whole thing.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...would've benefited from the presence of virtually any other actor in the central role...

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

This was undeniably a horrific event for the victims' families friends, colleagues as well as for the entire community. But the movie seems to almost exploit this tragedy so it can make audiences weep, and ultimately, cheer.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

We Are Marshall is a bit of a shame, because the subject matter could have been something special in the hands of stronger filmmakers.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

We Are Marshall is not a bad movie; it is a potentially nice, familiar movie unfortunately marred by the unspeakably awful performance of Matthew McConaughey.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Moving and painful. While it is obviously loosely following the real events, even tha tis enought ot make you stand up and salute the town. Indeed We Are… More
Jim Careter
I personall though it was sweet. Mathew Mcaughnahey is a good actor, the plot was great for 20 minutes but then became another football movie. It was a fun,… More
Alex roy
We Are Marshall is an over bearing cliché riddled feel good film that unfortunately doesn't deliver. This is the type of film we've seen many times… More
Jameson Worley
One of my all-time favorite sport movies. It's such a tragic, touching story. I like the way this film balances plot and sport, with sports serving almost… More
Candy Rose
Movie based on a true story about a town called Huntingdon who lost their university football team and staff in a tragic plane accident. The president if the… More
Luke Baldock
Based on a true story, but still very formulaic. The film could have benefited from being grittier and more realistic. It manages to capture the strong and… More