Box art for Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

action & adventure, drama

A genuine stand-up-and-cheer movie about a courageous high school football team's fight to fulfill their destiny and live their dream.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

So much more than a football movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some tense family scenes with an abusive father. Underage characters drink and a character abuses alcohol. There are sexual references and use of the phrase "getting laid." The football scenes are powerfully staged and very intense. Audience members may almost feel that they are the ones getting tackled. The movie is frank in its treatment of injuries, some graphic.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what it feels like for these 17-year-old boys to carry so much of their family's and the town's sense of pride. What is good about that? What is bad? Why was it so important to Don's father that he succeed? Why did he define success the way he did? Did his team's championship "carry him forever?" How do parents help their children learn what success means? If it is not football that defines success in your community, what does?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A heart-pounding big-screen treatment that captures all the action of a tumultuous season while showing the emotional toll on the players.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Monday, March 26, 2007

Fresh: Nuance typifies both Mr. Thornton's highly calibrated performance and the film's absence of unnecessary underlining.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, November 11, 2004

Fresh: The affecting, gruelling result is less a document of recreational sport than one of obligation and ordeal.

- Ben Walters, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Audience Reviews

0 star

Watch the TV show

- dukeakasmudge, Sunday, October 25, 2009

2 stars

We've come all the way through the movie just to see they are losing the title? Okay, this is an Hollywood movie it's suppose to have an Hollywood ending too. An example of movie that shows losing in the end is not a big deal is 300. Not to meantion there's no main character at all here...

- citawijaya, Monday, March 2, 2009

1 star

Walked out after half an hour.

- ceWEBrity, Wednesday, February 14, 2007