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  • Summary: Cal Chetley is an extremely bright, engaging, undersized 16-year-old. Neither blue collar nor athlete, both qualities that make up his small Oklahoman town, Cal's been picked on most of his life primarily because he's always been different. Mike, Cal's older brother and one time world-class high school/collegiate wrestler, left him and his mother behind years ago after a tragic car accident killed their accident, to this day, Mike still feels responsible for. Hoping to revive a relationship long since forgotten, Cal joins his high school wrestling team in the hopes his brother will train him. More importantly, Cal uses wrestling as the tool to reunite his family. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. 75
    This rousingly sweet little flick is certainly nothing to go out of your way to avoid.
  2. It's almost offensive that Danny Glover is relegated to playing the mysterious old confidante who haunts the same fishing hole as Cal. By the time Glover's character delivers the homily, Legendary is pinned to the mat.
  3. 50
    It does strive for substance and meaning in a way that gives it an unmistakable Barton Fink feeling, if nothing close to a Barton Fink sensibility.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    For a movie with a star wrestler at the center of it, Legendary doesn't pack much of a punch.
  5. A bold-faced name for a lowercase effort, a school wrestling drama so mired in family-film clichés it can never shake loose the suspicion that - not unlike certain high-gloss mat bouts - the emotional fix is in from the get-go.
  6. 38
    A by-the-numbers sports drama with a death grip on clichés and acting every bit as flat as the mat, seems unlikely to draw much of a crowd.
  7. 20
    The only thing that remains a mystery is why anyone thinks they can pass off a poorly made, predictable-to-a-fault movie as inspiring entertainment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 26, 2010
    This movie is grate from start to finish, don't be put off by the low metacritic score!!! probably not for everybodys taste, but you wont no until you see it. Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2010
    Wow, I don't know why reviewers slammed this. Maybe because they don't know a good movie when they review it. I loved this movie. Don't leave because of the low metacritic score. This is a awesome movie. I'm 13, I usally play games, more but this movie got my attention. I loved this movie, forget the score, buy it. Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2011
    liked this one. I will add it to my library. good story line, with some meaning in it. was more of a chick flick type of movie. great for a rental.. Collapse
  4. Feb 25, 2014
    I'm not gonna lie, I greatly enjoyed this movie. I felt it had a good, "sports movie" story line kinda like 2003's Radio. Solid performances also and a surprising performance from captain stone-face John Cena Expand
  5. Oct 2, 2010
    This movie was less action driven than I had hoped. I expected a classic struggle of good vs. evil but what I got was a tale of the struggles of everyday life. I enjoyed this movie simply because of the story. The characters family struggles were real and believable. This movie failed in terms of its acting and its script. I found it hard to care about the son who was too cold and lacked the necessary passion for his role. John Cena was a pleasant surprise in that he may have been the best actor in this movie. If you enjoy inspirational movies especially pertaining to sports than I would recommend this movie, although if your not ready for a mainly dramatic movie you will be disappointed. Expand
  6. Jan 1, 2011
    To call it retarded would be an affront to retards. A geek joining the wrestling squat because of unresolved dead father issues? A high school girl with IQ below 50 showing her breasts to classmates for $5? Seriously? What world do the writers of this junk live in? Expand