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... you wouldn't say Gridiron Gang is a touchdown, but it's not a fumble either.
The film has nowhere near as many well-developed characters as it has street, prison yard and on-field brawls.
... as Robert Aldrich proved in The Longest Yard, a football movie should be able to hit harder.
Many of the young actors are also quite good in a large ensemble that doesn't become the jumbled mess it could have.
If The Rock could clone himself to appear in juvenile halls across the country, the recidivism rate would get body-slammed within a few weeks.
Kathy Cano Murillo,
Despite its good intentions, Gridiron Gang is full of cliches, but at least they're captivating cliches.
... despite the shameless cutting and pasting, it's hard to argue with the movie's intentions.
As sports movies go, Gridiron Gang isn't bad, just not top-line material.
This lazy and episodic tacking (pep talk, game, pep talk, game) aggravated me because it sabotages the film's social relevance and honest-to-goodness cinematic uplift.
The picture is so earnest that it leaves out the easy, old-school pleasure conjured by the last few years of Disney sports flicks (Invincible, Miracle, The Rookie).
Detroit Free Press:
Had Gridiron Gang dared to challenge its audience with a larger dose of reality, it might have broken the field and become something memorable and meaningful.
New York Daily News:
The Rock commits himself admirably to this trite tale, but by the end, even his enormous shoulders buckle under the weight of so many cliches.
Though it doesn't really teach us anything new, Gridiron Gang -- mainly due to the powerful screen presence of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson -- is mildly entertaining and, at times, somewhat compelling.
Globe and Mail:
If you like your sports movies, especially your football movies, larded with more cliches than a politician's stump speech, Gridiron Gang begs to be seen.
While grittier on the surface, Phil Joanou's allegedly 'true story' inspired Gridiron Gang is as soft and safe in its centre as any of the two dozen or so inspirational pigskin operas that have been released in the past two years.
Gridiron entertains and makes a powerful point about the faults inherent in the penal system, particularly for youths with hopes of rehabilitation.
Auds will respond, either to the uplifting message and the solid action sequences.