Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 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 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 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 »
  3. ChadS.
    Apr 25, 2006
    "Glory Road" could've appeased college basketball purists with a simple long-take to acknowledge that the game was shot-clockless until the '86 season. More than the monster dunks, the fact that Texas [El-Paso] would put up a quick shot rather than go into a stall-mode after a late Kentucky basket is what truly ruins this period piece. Even more egregious is the Miners' game against Kansas, in which a crucial call from the referee is made much later than it would in a real game. You're supposed to make allowances in reality for dramatic purposes but "Glory Road" doesn't seem to get anything right about how college basketball looked in the sixties. As for the action off the court, "Glory Road" doesn't really fare much better. When somebody sings in front of a mirror, you should already be clued as to what level the screenplay will be operating at. Nobody breaks into song during "Friday Night Lights", but somebody does in "Remember the Titans". Full Review »