Glory Road


Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    From its sepia-toned palette to the Motown hits that drive its terrific soundtrack, Glory Road is utterly authentic. But most astonishing is an unrecognizable Jon Voight as Adolph Rupp.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Slick enterprise buoyed by a Motown-flavored '60s soundtrack and an appealing ensemble cast.
  3. The movie's great end-title sequence redeems everything. Under the credits, we see and hear the real-life game veterans as they are now--including, movingly, ex-Lakers coach Riley.
  4. 75
    Lucas rarely breaks his glower to express anything other than tough determination. It's an attitude that's clearly modeled on that of storied Nicks' coach Pat Riley, who, it so happens, played for Kentucky that now legendary final game.
  5. 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.
  6. 75
    Glory Road's strength is the way in which it blends social awareness into the sports genre.
  7. 75
    Where it succeeds is as the story of a chapter in history, the story of how one coach at one school arrived at an obvious conclusion and acted on it, and helped open college sports in the South to generations of African Americans.
  8. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    This isn't a great film, but it's a surprisingly good and confident one, with a minimum of the showboating that often substitutes, in the feelgood genre, for simple feelings.
  9. 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.
  10. Stirring tale of a team whose big win speeds the integration of intercollegiate sports.
  11. 70
    As American history, Glory Road is by turns inspirational and thrilling. But, in keeping with Hollywood's gift for exaggeration, a couple of things about it are completely bogus.
  12. 67
    Heart and verve in surfeit makes the film rise above its flaws often enough to win you over.
  13. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    While basketball fans might have trouble recognizing the sport as it's played here, the games certainly aren't dull. Unfortunately, most of the off-court sequences are.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    At least a more satisfying basketball saga than last year's "Coach Carter."
  15. As movie fiction, I guess it is entertaining enough.
  16. 63
    As Coach Haskins would say, it wins because it sticks to the fundamentals.
  17. Glory Road is satisfying less for its virtuosity than for its sincerity, and also because it will acquaint audiences with a remarkable episode that had ramifications far beyond the basketball court.
  18. 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."
  19. Haskins comes across as too pure. When he plays only his black athletes in the championship finals, his monomania is presented as a good thing. After all, he won, didn't he?
  20. Still, it's only just a jump shot or two before Glory Road settles into its rudimentary, music-cued rhythms of classroom civics lessons punctuated by on-court action.
  21. A formulaic and fuzzy feel-good movie.
  22. Glory Road really isn't a bad show – it's just an obvious one – and one wishes material of this historical import had received a more refined rendering.
  23. 50
    First-time director James Gartner observes all the rituals--the coach busting chops, the team sneaking out to party--but the players are indifferently characterized and the civil rights story has a fake Black History Month feel.
  24. The end result is more a lecture than a film; audiences may come away understanding what went on, but for most, the emotional connection will be lacking.
  25. 50
    This is a movie you could watch in your sleep.
  26. If you can get past a few swear words, the film's simplicity makes Glory Road a good starting point to get young kids to talk about racism.
  27. If the facts of the story are essentially true, their presentation is as formulaic as ever.
  28. 50
    As Coach Haskins would have put it, "It's activity without accomplishment."
  29. 50
    Glory Road treats history as if it were a 7th-grade social-studies text laid out in a 16-point font, getting the basics right without trying to evoke any of the details that would make it memorable. In other words, it gets the Bruckheimer treatment.
  30. 50
    Josh Lucas plays Haskins with a no-bull vigor that comes in handy when the script saddles him with all-bull platitudes.
  31. 50
    Glory Road keeps its focus frustratingly narrow. There's a nugget of an interesting idea here...But first-time director James Gartner's movie is less a study of race than it is a fast break of underdog clichés and "inspirational" speeches.
  32. The air of deja vu is thick as molasses in Glory Road, a lively but overly slick and grindingly predictable sports drama.
  33. 30
    First-time director James Gartner has managed to whittle away whatever was compelling about the 1966 Miners championship run.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Mar 20, 2015
    To all my baller homies, yall need to watch this movie as it is both historically groundbreaking and purely inspirational. To give the basicTo all my baller homies, yall need to watch this movie as it is both historically groundbreaking and purely inspirational. To give the basic summary before you watch, it is about an underdog in the Texas Western (now UTEP) basketball team in the 60s that overcame all odds to achieve the unbelievable. I first watched it in seventh grade but I have watched it two more times after that because it was really thrilling to watch.

    Ignore the haters because those guys really don't understand the message of the movie. That message, hopefully yall will find out really speaks out to any man or woman regardless of background. Now I will say the storytelling is bland but as formulaic as it is, how else would you really capture the journey of Don Haskin's team?

    Musicwise, it all fits and there weren't any problems in the acting. You'll wanna watch this with a friends and if you're really a fan, get the war paint ready because you're about to be part of the Texas Western basketball team.
    Word to describe: legendary. the main character is a fore figure of the game of basketball and this movie does just enough to make his story known.
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  2. 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 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. Full Review »
  3. ScottB.
    Jun 18, 2006
    Sports films usually fall into a web of cliches, and this one at least minimizes some of the bigger traps... [***SPOILERS***] the shot Sports films usually fall into a web of cliches, and this one at least minimizes some of the bigger traps... [***SPOILERS***] the shot literally as the buzzer is sounding, the "for effect" slo-mo replay, the troubled athlete who comes to terms with his inner demons (oh, it has this one). As a whole it stays pretty close to history and doesn't jump at the chance to build on Adolph Rupp's reputation as a closet racist by portraying him as a man bent on simply, winning. Don Haskins come off as a saint for sitting all his white players (according to the film it wasn't because they weren't as good, "yeah, riiiiight...") in the finals and being the savior for a group of "undisciplined" athletic players. The Dixie flags at the final game was overboard and didn't blog as it has no basis in history. Otherwise a watchable film. Full Review »