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  • Summary: A mixed-blood Native American, Joe Logan, eager to modernize his reservation, must first prove himself to his father, the traditionalist Tribal Chairman, by rediscovering his spirit. He is tasked with coaching the reservation’s high school lacrosse team which competes against the better equipped and better trained players of the elite Prep School League. Joe inspires the Native American boys and teaches them the true meaning of tribal pride. Ignited by their heritage and believing in their new-found potential, coach and team climb an uphill battle to the state championship finals against their privileged prep school rivals…will they win? (Freestyle Releasing) Expand
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Loren King
    May 29, 2012
    The story is unique and engaging enough to transcend the uplifting sports-underdog formula.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 31, 2012
    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: Kalvin Henely
    May 29, 2012
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    May 30, 2012
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Jun 1, 2012
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jun 6, 2012
    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?"
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 29, 2012
    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
    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. Expand