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  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    100
    There isn't a bad performance here, but besides Thornton, Luke stands out.
  2. A smart, sharp, stirring adaptation of the H.G. Bissinger best-seller.
  3. 80
    Country singer and sometime actor Tim McGraw excels as the bitter, besotted ex-Panther who can't cut his kid enough slack to follow his own game plan.
  4. The film goes for a grainy, fast-cut, documentary look that is both a blessing and a curse.
  5. Uplifting and troubling, partly because it is more honest than most sports movies about the high cost and short life span of high school football glory.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean Daly
    70
    Give credit to Berg for keeping Bissinger's all-too-true ending intact. It's a doozy.
  7. 40
    There's some good acting in this mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 66
  2. Negative: 17 out of 66
  1. Apr 10, 2013
    10
    This movies is truly great because of the way he portrays the "Texas" way of life.
    Peter Berg also did a pretty great job in developing
    characters because you can really relate to them.
    Ending of the movie is heartbreaking and I would strongly recommend this movie to everyone, even if you're not a football fan.
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  2. Dec 6, 2012
    8
    Thanks to winning performances from Thornton and others, "Friday Night Lights" lifts itself above the conventional inspirational sports drama by relaying a deliberately honest message and never deterring from it. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2014
    6
    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. Expand

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