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Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Loren King
    May 29, 2012
    63
    The story is unique and engaging enough to transcend the uplifting sports-underdog formula.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 31, 2012
    60
    As the team gets in shape, a hot new ringer is brought in and the fallen son redeems himself - and director Steve Rash's movie wins us over.
  3. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Jun 1, 2012
    50
    Directed by Steve Rash, Crooked Arrows gets points for its glimpses of Native American culture and history - the film's backers include the Onondaga Nation - but too many of these scenes are disappointingly static.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jun 1, 2012
    50
    Predictable from first moment to last, it does at least provide a showcase for lacrosse, a sport heretofore cinematically unexploited.
  5. Reviewed by: Gayle Macdonald
    May 31, 2012
    50
    Crooked Arrows is no "Rocky." It lacks the emotional momentum required for that. But if it's just light, family-friendly entertainment you want, Crooked Arrows fits the bill.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 31, 2012
    50
    The result is a well-meaning checklist of a film that lacks sufficient charm or off-the-field vigor to fully score its intended goal.
  7. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    May 30, 2012
    50
    The story of a ragtag Native American team rediscovering the tribal roots of the game to defeat preppie champions is rife with tired tropes, and lacking in three-dimensional characters or colorful plot-twists. Happily for this Onandaga-financed production and vet director Steve Rash, gifted Native American lacrosse players lend hard-hitting impact to the game scenes.
  8. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    May 29, 2012
    50
    Although it adheres to the tried-and-true sports-movie formula of an underdog team striving to overcome their limitations to become winners, Crooked Arrows lacks captivating emotional momentum.
  9. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jun 6, 2012
    40
    The entire film wants to be the retort to an idle comment uttered by a prep school lacrosse mom in the stands: "When did the Indians starts playing lacrosse anyway?"
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    May 29, 2012
    40
    Though the fallout is utterly predictable, director Steve Rash at least brings an engaging fluidity to the high-energy sports scenes.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 29, 2012
    40
    Despite referring to the tribe as "my people," Routh is wholly miscast, yet his ill-fitting presence is part and parcel of the plotting's general illogicality.
  12. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jun 1, 2012
    25
    Disliking this film feels churlish, like rooting for the Yankees to crush the Little League champs. But amiability, and the natural affinity most people have for David over Goliath, can't substitute for skill and imagination.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 29, 2012
    25
    The high-school sports drama Crooked Arrows has two -- but only two -- original selling points: Its protagonists are Native Americans and the sport in question is lacrosse. That's something you don't see every day. Other than that, however, the film's moves are taken straight out of "The Bad News Bears" playbook.
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  1. Nov 1, 2012
    6
    One of the lower budget films with an interesting story and a big message. Once again this film highlights the importance of team work and leadership. Worth taking a look at it. Full Review »