Box art for We Are Marshall

We Are Marshall

drama, sports


Football is a game that knocks you down, then expects you to get back up. Life hit the West Virginia town of Huntington and its Marshall University even harder.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    49%
  • Audience Score
    79%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Conventional football drama doesn't quite score.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that tweens and teens who like sports movies may very well want to see this emotional drama, which is based on a real-life 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people from a small West Virginia university, including football team members and staff. The crash is rendered in an instant (as an electrical "zap"); viewers then see flaming wreckage in the woods as firemen shake their heads (no bodies, just sadness). Mourning, often angrily expressed, takes place at funerals, over meals, and during football practice. The film includes some iffy language ("damn," "s--t," and "hell"), as well as tension among players, coaches, and boosters. In one scene, players drink a case of beer, bonding in their drunkenness.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of sports movies. Why do audiences like them? Families can also talk about how the different characters in the movie deal with the tragedy. What's the best way to honor the memory of the dead players and coaches?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    49%
    reviews counted: 11
    see all We Are Marshall reviews
  • Audience

    79%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: McConaughey campily channels Jon Stewart channeling George W. Bush for his impersonation of Lengyel.

- Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: What allows We Are Marshall to stand above many of the other 2006 sports movies is both the undeniable power of the story itself and the strong ensemble McG gathered to tell it.

- Brian Tallerico, UGO, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A sentimental, simplistically inspiring movie that leans heavily on Matthew McConaughey's substantial energy and charisma for its success.

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Moving and painful. While it is obviously loosely following the real events, even tha tis enought ot make you stand up and salute the town. Indeed We Are Marshall.

- jmanard52, Sunday, May 11, 2008

4 stars

Moving and painful. While it is obviously loosely following the real events, even tha tis enought ot make you stand up and salute the town. Indeed We Are Marshall.

- jmanard52, Sunday, May 11, 2008

1 star

We Are Marshall is an over bearing clich riddled feel good film that unfortunately doesn't deliver. This is the type of film we've seen many times before. This film doesn't work and is quite tiresome. I really didn't enjoy the film, and was very disappointed in the way it turned out. I was very much looking forward in seeing this film, and when I did, the only thing I noticed was the standard sports clichs set to a real life tragedy. The film did start off well, but afterwards it played on it clichs to deliver its entertainment. The cast seem to overdo their performances on-screen. Overall there is nothing really good to take away from this film. The film is too predictable, and it ends up being another feel good sports drama. There's nothing within the film to really make it a stand out film, and it doesn't break new ground or do anything new in the genre. We Are Marshall is the same old tired out formula that seems to plague sports dramas. With this film, there's really no performance that really stands out. I felt the cast was pretty bland. I felt that considering that this is a true story, there could have been a lot more effort put into it. But in the end, We Are Marshall is a clich riddled film that simply is no different than any other films in this genre. There are better films out there, than this one. We Are Marshall simply don't deliver anything new or refreshing, something that is much needed in this genre. Expect a film with lots of clichs with this one, and you may not be disappointed. I for one, was, and didn't think too much of this film.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Saturday, May 26, 2012