Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    There isn't a bad performance here, but besides Thornton, Luke stands out.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    The best sports movie for years, as it's not about sport at all. Forget fears of jingoistic grandstanding, this is an un-American all-American tale that deserves attention.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Few films have shown so powerfully the slashing double edge of sports fever.
  4. 88
    The movie demonstrates the power of sports to involve us; we don't live in Odessa and are watching a game played 16 years ago, and we get all wound up.
  5. A smart, sharp, stirring adaptation of the H.G. Bissinger best-seller.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    One of the best football movies ever, Nights in the end celebrates the game.
  7. Thornton, giving a splendid, disciplined performance, seamlessly shapes his coach into a believable man of quality rather than star-size charisma.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 102 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 66
  2. Negative: 17 out of 66
  1. DanielV
    Jun 22, 2009
    You have to be into sports especially football to really appreciate this work.
  2. TylerD
    Jul 28, 2007
    One of the best, if not THE best sports film of all time. Myself being a fan of Explosions in the Sky only improves how much I enjoyed the movie, as well. Billy Bob Thorton at his best. Full Review »
  3. Jan 17, 2014
    While I know this came first, seeing this in comparison to the TV series is like night and day. On one hand, the TV series is phenomenal. On the other, this is not. The story just feels so abbreviated and hastened. The great part about the TV series was that while it was about football, of course, it was about so much more than that. It was about the characters and their daily lives and then how everyone would unite on Friday to play football. In the movie, and this is to my point about the abbreviated nature of the movie, a lot of the characterization was missing and it ultimately felt almost impersonal. Sadly, this is why I could not enjoy this one a ton. Now, it was an ok movie and all, but cerainly not as great as I would have hoped. This story is clearly just better suited for television where everything can be explored in greater depth. Full Review »