Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    75
    The film earns some big laughs, but it never sacrifices character for a punchline.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 11, 2014
    75
    Draft Day is "Moneyball" Lite. And if that sounds like a slight, it's not intended as one.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Apr 11, 2014
    75
    Draft Day isn’t a movie that is going to change lives or shift paradigms, but it is entertaining, and assembled with care and attention to detail.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    Costner, who has never been the most emotive of actors, is perfect for this role.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    A sentimental, predictable, sometimes implausible but thoroughly entertaining, old-fashioned piece.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    Entertaining and suspenseful, the movie shows the politicking and strategies that go into this annual ritual, and Costner is at his beleaguered best.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    Draft Day isn’t quite a comedy, but it’s got a similar kind of flow that makes it as easily consumable as lite beer.
  8. Reviewed by: Lisa Rosman
    Apr 11, 2014
    70
    Reitman may have his drawbacks but no one has ever accused his films of lacking heart. With sports movies especially, ya gotta have heart.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 10, 2014
    70
    This isn't so much a movie about sports as it is a riff on politics in the broad sense of the word, and the ways in which smart, insightful people play along to get along -- and then change the game for the better by following their gut.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Apr 10, 2014
    70
    In his most effective full star turn in perhaps a decade, Kevin Costner dominates as the greenhorn general manager of the beleaguered Cleveland Browns.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Apr 10, 2014
    70
    Draft Day affords the simple but uncommon pleasure of watching intelligent characters who are passionate about what they do trying to do the best that they can.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 17, 2014
    67
    The final 20 minutes at the Radio City Music Hall extravaganza are fairly tense, in highly improbable ways designed to rouse send-off cheers.
  13. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 10, 2014
    67
    As a hypothetical, all-access documentary about the kookiest day in draft history, it's oddly satisfying, maybe because watching the actual, bloated spectacle (scheduled this year for May 8) is so often underwhelming.
  14. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 11, 2014
    63
    With his sleepy, So-Cal inflections, Costner is an actor who summons urgency and drama with, well, I'm not sure exactly how he does what he does. He's the least dynamic of stars, but still, he is one.
  15. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Apr 10, 2014
    63
    Draft's reverence for the gridiron, its heroes and the cities that worship them (particularly Cleveland) will make the movie a first-round pick of diehards.
  16. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 10, 2014
    63
    Draft Day feels like a play, and I don't mean a football play. It feels like a play-play at its sporadic best, in the same way J.C. Chandor's 2011 "Margin Call" felt that way.
  17. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 9, 2014
    61
    While Draft Day is a very agreeable and predictable movie, it is also very timely.
  18. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 10, 2014
    60
    This is an earnest and way-contrived endeavor that manages, due largely to Costner's efforts, to be genially diverting in a gee-whiz kind of way.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Apr 10, 2014
    60
    The biggest problem with Draft Day is that even as it shows Sonny sticking to his guns, its absurd, saccharine third act suggests Reitman didn’t stick to his, and allowed his latest celebration of free-spirited mavericks to get co-opted by the very kind of system they were created to criticize.
  20. Reviewed by:  Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Apr 9, 2014
    58
    It’s the first, and probably last, sports comedy to take its visual cues from Ang Lee’s "Hulk."
  21. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Apr 16, 2014
    50
    This literal-minded movie sells old pieties and washes away fear so thoroughly that it creates a new kind of fantasy, in which all's right with a very troubled world. [21 April 2014, p.110]
  22. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 11, 2014
    50
    All of these interesting performers can't save a dull script. To work, Draft Day needs the kind of witty dialogue and snappy energy that Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin brought to “Moneyball” but the screenwriters mistake constant activity for actual screenwriting.
  23. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    There’s plenty of shimmying here, maybe too much, and lots of spin moves, but it’s missing on-the-field results.
  24. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    This isn’t a sports movie so much as a procedural about backroom dealings, double-crosses and high-stakes trades.
  25. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    I don’t really buy Draft Day — it’s a shallow and evasive movie, built more around corporate wish fulfillment than around reality — but I have to say that it sells itself beautifully.
  26. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    Costner and Garner are good and Langella properly menacing, but Leary has lost his fastball and seems to be holding something back in his quarrel scenes with Costner. Costner has to carry the film, which he does.
  27. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 11, 2014
    40
    The problem is, Draft Day doesn't really capture that sense of urgency until late in the film.
  28. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 10, 2014
    40
    Costner works hard, and it shows. That's even more true of Leary. Garner's stuck in a thankless role. Only Langella seems to be having unencumbered fun.
  29. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 9, 2014
    40
    The promising-sounding football movie would turn out to be a movie about men talking on phones.
  30. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Apr 11, 2014
    38
    The cruelly obvious third act congeals the film as a wet-eyed monument to the Kevin Costner character's particular brand of American manliness, one that values gut instinct, it's implied, over cold and ruthless calculations.
  31. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Apr 10, 2014
    38
    It’s a big deal for the NFL and ESPN, no doubt, and Draft Day serves as 110 minutes of product placement for both.
  32. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 10, 2014
    25
    Draft Day is lumbering and predictable, and its hero general manager is so dumb it should have been called “Dummyball.”
  33. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 10, 2014
    20
    Haven’t Cleveland fans suffered enough? Not only have they never won a Super Bowl, but now the Browns serve as the center of Ivan Reitman’s painfully creaky sports drama.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Apr 19, 2014
    7
    This really turned out to be a great and enjoyable film for me. Kevin Costner has still got what it takes to make the best out of his performance and that's exactly what he does in this film. Other big names in film, such as Ellen Burstyn, Sam Elliot, Dennis Leary, and even Jennifer Garner all gave great performances. Even those who aren't fans of sports will still likely enjoy it, as it offers a great and entertaining story along with Costner's worthwhile performance. Full Review »
  2. Apr 12, 2014
    8
    A very enjoyable movie; if you are a Kevin Costner fan, you will like this movie. If you like his previous sports movies, this is another movie worth seeing. I'm glad this movie still surprised me; apart from what I thought the movie was going to be from watching the previews. This one is worth seeing. Full Review »
  3. Apr 11, 2014
    7
    As a fan of the NFL and more importantly the NFL Draft this film was right in my wheelhouse and for the most part I was satisfied. The feeling of genuine tension that the GM's go through was played very nicely here by Kevin Costner. My few problems come from the fact that it is fairly predictable and some of the later trade scenes weren't very logical if you think about it, but overall a pretty fun time for Draft fans. B+ Full Review »