Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    30
    What matters most is feeding white-bread fantasies (the film is set in the slow-footed 50s, when blacks are only a rumor and nobody's ever heard of slam 'n' jam) and laying on the inspirational corn.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Oct 28, 2013
    8
    Really good film overall. Gene Hackman is fantastic in the lead role and truly makes this movie. Other than that, it pretty much follows the sports movie formula, but does it so well that you can ignore the carbon copy of a plot. Easy to see why this one is a classic. Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2012
    3
    I don't care what anyone says. I couldn't wait for this to end. Hackneyed, corny and unrewarding.
  3. JanaB.
    Jan 29, 2007
    10
    This movie is the best sports movie ever!