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Fresh: The kind of boot-strap-pulling, tear-duct-tickling, I-am-Spartacus-crowing movie-on-a-mission that might rankle more cynical movie goers but sets hearts aflutter for most everyone else.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, January 14, 2005
Fresh: By making the choices the filmmakers did here, we get a movie that may not be profound, but it's both highly entertaining for its sports and fascinating for its social issues.
- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: Features bursts of humor and electrifying energy offset by speechifying and a dud of a subplot.
- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, January 14, 2005
Some fine set-pieces and an adequate storyline, the only reason this film holds up is Samuel L. Jackson refusing to phone it in. Full review later.
- TomBowler, Sunday, April 10, 2011
Average sports drama that is predictable, Coach Carter doesn't do anything new or original. I felt that Coach Carter though good, was nothing great, and it was nothing new to the sports genre. The film is the same old, predictable formula. Everything you'd expect happens, despite this; the film manages to be good entertainment. However, the fact that the sports drama genre seems to be comprised of the same old ideas, is a tad annoying. There are good performances here, nothing ever great, but for what it is, it's pretty entertaining. Coach Carter is no different than every other sports drama, and relies on the usual plot elements that you'd expect. The film is average, and if you've seen plenty of sports dramas, its pretty predictable. Nonetheless I liked the film The cast did a good job here, and it had a good plot despite the fact that it's nothing really new. This film will appeal to sports film fans. Coach Carter is entertaining, but like I said, it's the same old tired formula, luckily the cast keeps this film entertaining and watchable. The film relies on cliches but overall it remains constantly dramatic and entertaining like every other sports drama. A good cast, and good plot keeps this film rolling and fun.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, January 11, 2012