Coach Carter

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 90
  2. Negative: 2 out of 90

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  1. DisappointedParent
    Oct 8, 2005
    0
    The movie was excellent. I found it so motivating that I went to his website and ordered a book. It's been almost 4 months and I have yet to see a book. I'm very dissappointed with this whole experience. It's hard to have faith in people when situations like this occure. I truly felt coach carter was genuine and had a great love for helping our children have a better The movie was excellent. I found it so motivating that I went to his website and ordered a book. It's been almost 4 months and I have yet to see a book. I'm very dissappointed with this whole experience. It's hard to have faith in people when situations like this occure. I truly felt coach carter was genuine and had a great love for helping our children have a better understanding of the importance to do well in school. I hope this isn't business as usual. Expand
  2. Brian
    Jul 25, 2005
    0
    Wow, what a clueless film. What a skewd logic. Here are some examples of the heavy-handed doubles standards morality of Coach Carter. BAD: Failing classes, skipping class, mouthing off to your coach, showing off your gun when you should be protecting your drug dealer, and being white. GOOD: Wearing expensive clothes when you don't even have money for a tie, teachers beating up Wow, what a clueless film. What a skewd logic. Here are some examples of the heavy-handed doubles standards morality of Coach Carter. BAD: Failing classes, skipping class, mouthing off to your coach, showing off your gun when you should be protecting your drug dealer, and being white. GOOD: Wearing expensive clothes when you don't even have money for a tie, teachers beating up students, secret teen abortions (not saying I'm against them, it's just that this film has no idea how to handle such a tough topic), scaring your friends with your gun when you should be protecting your drug dealer friend, and being Samuel L. Jackson. This film was either directed by someone who has never been to any 'ghetto' or by someone who never left it. Sure the film preaches a get of school, in to college, and off the street message; but with its nice clothes, made for basic cable 'realism', and a fresh R&B score the film paints the picture that ghetto ain't so bad while your there. In fact, if your not white, not related to Samuel L. Jackson, and have a baby, the ghetto just might bbe a fun place to stop by and hang out. The film bashes you over the head with the idea that "If your a male in the ghetto, you go to prision. If you are a female, you will be knocked-up", yet at no point paints a picture as to why this is (because really looking back and seeing that slavery, the government's stictly war motivated termination of it, and the overall aggression that black people have repeatedly been faced with in this country are to blame - but I guess that would put on damper on the whole film wouldn't it? Not what main stream audiences want in there strait-to-video-isc coach movies). In fact, the only thing that the film blames for the ecnomic, criminal, and socail breakdown of the inner city are other black people. I found this device extremely racist (as is the scene when they go out of town, to play 'the white team' - and of course they're all racists). When watching this movie, I was able to think of one other story - The New Testament. Sam Jackson is the jesus who comes to lift everyone what up from poverty and lechery and adultury, Why? Because, as the film shows, black people are too busy having sex, doing drugs, and just being loud to know what the f**k is going on. This film went beyond just being bad and became offensive. I thought I would never say this, but Hardball was a better movie. If you want to see a good movie a hard-edged coach see Miracle. If you want to see a good movie about the down-fall of sports obsession see Friday Night Lights. And if you want see a good movie about struggling to get out of the 'ghetto' see Boys in the Hood (hell, it even has Samuel L. Jackson). If you see one movie this summer - more correctly, if your walking through you suburban Blockbuster and see this DVD on the wall and think "Hey, gritty box art! Sam Jackson! MTV Films! Directed by guy who did Save The Last Dance! This will be a real treat!" - don't see this film. After this and Twisted, I don't know if I can trust Sam Jackson (or his agent). Expand
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.