User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 75
  2. Negative: 2 out of 75

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  1. Jul 13, 2012
    10
    Great movie! Feeling the excitement in the game, wanting to cheer along with them. Doesn't only focus on the sport of the movie but also high school, society, and life. Well done story plot, with great characters along with it.
  2. Jun 8, 2013
    8
    Yes, the movie may be a bit cliche, but all sports movies ultimately are. At the end of the day, it's a very good film with an even better message. Samuel L. Jackson is great in the lead role and his performance is certainly one of the many bright spots in this film.
  3. Sep 18, 2013
    9
    It's one of the most inspiring movies. Student comes first. Everything in the movie was good. The characters fitted their roles, there is a sense of excitement in watching this. We'll all learn from it.
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: James Wegg
    70
    Unfortunately, the accompanying story threads tend to bog down the action rather than provide contrast between the games.
  2. Thanks mainly to his (Jackson) considerable presence, Coach Carter works more effectively than expected.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    Both an inspirational sports movie and an unexpected multi-level urban drama that plays by its own clock.