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  • Summary: On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal andOn the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. [Summit Entertainment] Collapse
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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: Richard Roeper
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    A sentimental, predictable, sometimes implausible but thoroughly entertaining, old-fashioned piece.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 9, 2014
    61
    While Draft Day is a very agreeable and predictable movie, it is also very timely.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Apr 12, 2014
    10
    I loved this movie. We were picking a movie based on the time it started, therefore, we didn't pick this movie with any expectations. WeI loved this movie. We were picking a movie based on the time it started, therefore, we didn't pick this movie with any expectations. We didn't even know this was the first weekend out. It was great seeing the cities matched to their football stadiums to set up a scene along with the crazy sports fans who take everything so seriously. I also now know why other people get so excited about draft day. The movie explains in almost simple terms, how draft day goes about for those of us who don't know much about football. I don't mind the embellishments or improbability of some of the situations. After all, it's a movie, not a documentary. The basic facts of a draft day were presented in a very highly entertaining manner and that's why I go to movies. Expand
  2. Apr 15, 2014
    9
    I loved this movie too - and I'm pretty picky. It has a little bit of everything. It is charming and funny without being corny. You do notI loved this movie too - and I'm pretty picky. It has a little bit of everything. It is charming and funny without being corny. You do not have to love sports to enjoy it. It is the perfect escape. Expand
  3. May 11, 2014
    8
    The question going into the 2014 draft was to take a qb as a first pick or a defensive player. DD is prescient enough to create a story basedThe question going into the 2014 draft was to take a qb as a first pick or a defensive player. DD is prescient enough to create a story based on those machinations, and the fact that the game is a business first, sport second. Costner's character is pulled in a number of ways, but his first instinct, do what will help the team long term. Character counts, just ask Ryan Leif and Matt Leinart, qb's are sexy, you win with D. A solid, if unspectacular, movie, it shows what it means to run own a team Expand
  4. Nov 27, 2014
    7
    The Moneyball of football movies and that's not a bad thing. Clearly Moneyball was the inspiration for Draft Day and while it's no where inThe Moneyball of football movies and that's not a bad thing. Clearly Moneyball was the inspiration for Draft Day and while it's no where in the league of Moneyball I really enjoyed this movie. Kevin Costner is great in the lead role and it's great seeing him getting more acting roles. Expand
  5. Apr 21, 2014
    6
    This was a bigger bomb than what Aldon Smith was carrying. I am a monster NFL fan and I think that they really dropped the ball here. FirstThis was a bigger bomb than what Aldon Smith was carrying. I am a monster NFL fan and I think that they really dropped the ball here. First off the whole movie is based on something that would never happen in a million years.
    *SPOILER ALERT*
    If a team was dumb enough to trade the next 3 years of 1st round picks, that is like striking gold. The team who received those picks would in no way, shape or form give those picks back!

    I give this a 6 because I think it showed how up and down a GM can be in one day, but I think there are alot bigger issues going on. Players calling because they are worried that they took drugs, or got someone pregnant.. If there were behind the scences story lines like that, than I think a movie like this will make 100+ million.
    Looking at the numbers, it looks like this picture cost $50m to make and after 2 weeks it has only made $20m. Unless this plans on staying in the theatres for 30 weeks, it will be a bigger loss than the broncos in the supa bowl.
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  6. Nov 3, 2014
    6
    Draft Day is a suspenseful sports drama without the sports, relying on the business and management side of sports teams. The film uses uniqueDraft Day is a suspenseful sports drama without the sports, relying on the business and management side of sports teams. The film uses unique editing techniques to help build tension for a topic that only appeals to a very niche audience. Although the script employs additional themes outside the realm of sports, the story never brings itself to the level needed to have these themes stand on their own. The characters are more plot devices than actual breathing people in a film that goes well beyond its needed run time.

    The highlight of the film is Kevin Costner, who always seems to shine in his many sports films. This film hopes to leach off the success of the statistic-heavy and critically-acclaimed sports drama Moneyball, but becomes lost with the lack of a believable storyline, strong themes and an inviting hook for a general audience. Draft Day scrambles for the ball, never truly finding control and instead of scoring a touchdown it gets sidelined for the season.
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  7. Aug 20, 2014
    0
    Solid acting and the premise was very interesting but the painfully long run time as well as a plot that is incredibly unrealistic pretty muchSolid acting and the premise was very interesting but the painfully long run time as well as a plot that is incredibly unrealistic pretty much ruins it. Expand

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