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Knute Rockne: All American

Pat O'Brien delivers a powerful performance as the famed Notre Dame football coach in this moving biography. Featuring a stellar performance by Ronald Reagan as "the Gipper."

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It set the way for how the Hollywood sports biography was to be subsequently made.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The corny and sentimental, but it set the bar for all future sports pictures.

- John J. Puccio,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Carries both inspirational and dramatic appeal on a wide scale.

- Variety Staff, Variety, Friday, January 25, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The one genre from the 30's and 40's that suffers the most is easily the biopic. There are some great ones from this era, but most of them are the paint by number biopics like Knute Rockne. You see tragedy approaching from a mile away and they are filled with unrealistic and wild statements like "Look there, the forward pass, that's gonna change football forever!" I love films from this era and almost all of them have a line or two like this, but Knute Rockne and many other biopics from this time are littered from beginning to end with this garbage. The performances aren't bad, it's just the structure is flawed and makes the film goofy. I am glad that biopics nowadays don't suffer the same fate as......wait a minute.

- codyfranklin2, Friday, March 20, 2009

4 stars

A must for any Notre Dame fan, but what I found most interesting is how accurate it was (by Hollywood standards).

- olujosh, Friday, December 2, 2011

3 stars

while there's nothing especially stellar about this film--writing, acting, story progression, etc--it does possess a few redeeming qualities. Rock's speech in front of the college athletics evaluation committee was just outstanding, and the stock footage of old games is even to this day some great football. overall, I thought the story was pretty weak and relied way too heavily on montage, but it's still a decent tribute to a true sports icon and the film sets a solid precedent for the great sports films to follow.

- placeinthesun455, Monday, April 27, 2009