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  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. 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
    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
    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.
  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. Expand
  3. DanielV
    Jun 22, 2009
    You have to be into sports especially football to really appreciate this work.
  4. RitaP.
    Jan 30, 2006
    Great moving film, you don't need to love gridiron to throroughly enjoy it. If you rent the DVD, the special features especially the doco on the 88 Permian Panthers is well worth watching too. Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2012
    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. Collapse
  6. FraserW.
    Mar 12, 2006
    In my opinion i look at Remember the Titans and The Longest Yard but none of them can even compare with Friday Night Lights.
  7. BrandonL.
    Feb 17, 2008
    The script was complete crap so how could the movie be good. The book was amazing and helped keep up the energy of the game and the social aspect of the town, but the movie changed facts and made some moments "feel good" moments when in actuality they were horrible times. Expand

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