Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Beautifully edited, Go Tigers! is an enthralling look at the drama that can transpire in the autumn of one small town on any given Friday.
  2. 80
    The politicizing is intense, but the actual game footage is even more engrossing; Carlson uses both digital video and 16mm film to put us squarely in the midst of the gridiron brouhaha.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Sanger
    80
    Sports fans will go nuts over it, as will anyone who appreciates the fine cinematic storytelling on display in the film.
  4. Energetic and absorbing documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    Arguably the best sports-oriented documentary since "Hoop Dreams."
  6. A superbly crafted piece of humanistic cinema.
  7. 75
    A nifty piece of entertainment that says a lot about American society.
  8. 75
    A documentary about a town of 33,000 so consumed by football it makes South Bend and Green Bay look distracted.
  9. If you're a football fan, chances are you won't be bored, and the distraction may be quite welcome. As for everyone else, you may lose interest right around the third quarter.
  10. Never disrespectful. It leaves you liking and even admiring the people of Massillon for their spunk and their passionate commitment to carrying on a hallowed tradition.
  11. 70
    The funny and touching result is worth cheering for.
  12. 60
    This sly, sobering doc exposes the grievously fucked-up priorities surrounding the sport in a small town with little else on which to hang its hopes.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    60
    Among the film's other drawbacks are how conventional it feels in its structure and strategy, often misguidedly going for the epic high-key feel of classic NFL Films on a low-key, DV budget.
  14. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    50
    The film is at heart a look at a unique slice of Americana, particularly an opening montage in which we realize that football here is a cradle-to-the-grave proposition -- literally.
  15. The movie clearly portrays how the glory and salvation of being a team hero is ephemeral.
  16. 50
    Takes too long to get its themes and characters out on the field.

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