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  • Summary: Glory Road tells the inspiring story of the underdog Texas Western basketball team, with history's first all African American starting lineup of players, who took the country by storm, surprisingly winning the 1966 NCAA tournament title. Josh Lucas stars as Hall of Famer Don Haskins, the passionately dedicated college basketball coach that changed the history of basketball with his team's victory in this time of innocence. (Disney) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Slick enterprise buoyed by a Motown-flavored '60s soundtrack and an appealing ensemble cast.
  2. 75
    In the end, a sports movie is only as good as the adrenalin rush it provides in the climactic match, and there, finally, Glory Road hits on all cylinders with nonstop action and a powerful emotional impact.
  3. 70
    When a movie plays every card, it's bound to win a hand or two. You can't exactly call that approach craftsmanship. But in the case of the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced inspirational sports drama Glory Road, it at least amounts to a kind of blunt effectiveness.
  4. 60
    Ripped directly from Disney's playbook of inspirational sports movies, it's devoid of any original elements that might deter it from that successful formula, hewing closer to the sentimental cliches of "Remember the Titans" than the much better "Miracle" or "The Rookie."
  5. 50
    Josh Lucas plays Haskins with a no-bull vigor that comes in handy when the script saddles him with all-bull platitudes.
  6. If the facts of the story are essentially true, their presentation is as formulaic as ever.
  7. 30
    First-time director James Gartner has managed to whittle away whatever was compelling about the 1966 Miners championship run.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. illinination
    Mar 14, 2006
    People complaining of over the top basketball skills need to stop complaining. Going into this movie you have to realize that it's going to be a little souped up because it needs to be. No one wants to sit and watch 2 hours of 1960's basketball, that would be boring. That being said it was an excellent movie that was intended to make you feel good. It wasn't meant to be Citizen Kane. If you come out feeling better about college basketball, it did its job. Expand
  2. Fantasy
    Jan 12, 2006
    Great acting, dialogue, directing and just a great movie. Be sure to stay as the credits are rolling for some words from the real team including Coach Haskins and Pat Riley. To think that in 1965 Coach Haskins picked some kids out of the playgrounds from across the country and won a National Championship in his first year after coaching a girls basketball team. Absolutely a dream come true and opened the door for many of today's atheletes. Expand
  3. SkyChild
    Jan 30, 2006
    Amazingly good movie. Fabulous history lesson about how whites treated blacks. Unbelieveable movie with great actors. Some weird parts, but otherwise an absolute terrific movie. Expand
  4. Trudy
    Jan 13, 2006
    They take some poetic liberties but then again most movies do. Lots of cliches and lots of action. But it all builds up to the exhilerating ending in which history was changed for the better. A real feel good movie. Expand
  5. EllenZ.
    Mar 12, 2006
    What an amazing accomplishment. I went to school with Bobby Joe Hill (the leading scorer on that championship team). And by the way, he was not from Detroit, he was from Highland Park, and went to Highland Park High School. I know, I was there. He was an amazing basketball player, and was the whole reason we went to our high school basketball games. He was a quiet young man, not impressed with himself or his talent as a player. But to us he was the greatest, like watching poetry in motion. I'm only sorry he didn't live to see this film made. Kudos to all those young black men, who made sports history. By the way, I'm white. God bless you Bobby Joe. You were the best, and I for one will never forget you. Expand
  6. Skydog
    Jan 14, 2006
    Although the events portrayed are far more important to history, this film is not nearly as good either Hoosiers (arguably the greatest basketball movie of all time) or Remember the Titans. It draws on virtually the same themes as Remember the Titans, but puts them on a bigger scale. But in the end this is a good movie with a good message. The acting and writing is not great but passable. Great for kids or teenagers, and you will almost certainly enjoy the movie. A great mattinee flick. Expand
  7. JonathanM.
    Jul 18, 2006
    not only was it badly acted and badly directed, the ending lesson of demanding that white players sit only because of they are white screams the racism that the movie poorly and generically tried to overcome. Expand

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