Gridiron Gang 2006

Critics score:
42 / 100

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Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: ... you wouldn't say Gridiron Gang is a touchdown, but it's not a fumble either. Read more

Matt Pais, Chicago Tribune: The film has nowhere near as many well-developed characters as it has street, prison yard and on-field brawls. Read more

Chicago Reader: ... as Robert Aldrich proved in The Longest Yard, a football movie should be able to hit harder. Read more

Ted Fry, Seattle Times: Many of the young actors are also quite good in a large ensemble that doesn't become the jumbled mess it could have. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: Well intentioned, but way too corny, way too over the top... Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: ... utterly predictable ... Read more

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: 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. Read more

Kathy Cano Murillo, Arizona Republic: Despite its good intentions, Gridiron Gang is full of cliches, but at least they're captivating cliches. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: ... despite the shameless cutting and pasting, it's hard to argue with the movie's intentions. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: As sports movies go, Gridiron Gang isn't bad, just not top-line material. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: 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. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: It may not be a great film, but it is a thoroughly admirable movie. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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). Read more

Terry Lawson, 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. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: ... nearly every time it has the chance to make a play -- it fumbles. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, 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. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: ... an extremely inefficient film, wasting time -- the movie's and ours. Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle: ... nearly as bleak as it is uplifting. Read more

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Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

Rick Groen, 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. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: Gridiron entertains and makes a powerful point about the faults inherent in the penal system, particularly for youths with hopes of rehabilitation. Read more

John Anderson, Variety: Auds will respond, either to the uplifting message and the solid action sequences. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: ... a lugubrious tutorial on the importance of being a winner. Read more