Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  1. Works better and cuts deeper than the mostly fictionalized "Hoosiers."
  2. 88
    A civics lesson about integration very artfully - and entertainingly - disguised as an upbeat family sports movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    80
    A huge surprise: a startlingly resonant yet unabashedly entertaining slice of American history, a popcorn movie with complex observations about, of all things, racism.
  4. Earns its emotional moments, and it takes the audience along.
  5. A conventional, button-pushing but emotionally affecting tale.
  6. 75
    Has the outer form of a brave statement about the races in America, but the soul of a sports movie in which everything is settled by the obligatory last play in the last seconds of the championship game.
  7. It has a good heart, though, and makes an amiable introduction to the integration battles of the '60s and '70s.
  8. Lively and inspirational, with terrific performances from a big star and a host of supporting players.
  9. It really does communicate an optimistic sense that race is irrelevant and we can all live happily ever after together.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Washington and the others score in this predictable but rousing film where the big victory is over attitudes.
  11. 75
    Only a very stony heart could resist its pull.
  12. 75
    Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, in an atypically high-minded and low-budget frame of mind, manages to breeze through most of the gridiron genre's obstacles with his admirable, crowd-pleasing Titans.
  13. 75
    Ultimately nothing more than a live-action cartoon. A high-minded, inspiring cartoon, but a cartoon nonetheless.
  14. The script's hokiness flattens the performances.
  15. A proudly unsophisticated demonstration of racial progress.
  16. Denzel Washington, by now, could do this sort of role in his sleep.
  17. A shrewd, pulpy crowd-pleaser.
  18. 50
    Herman Boone was no doubt a terrific football coach, but the lessons to be drawn from his success in Alexandria are ambiguous, and Remember the Titans is too wrapped up in its weepy macho sentimentality to address them clearly.
  19. If Remember the Titans is corny, it's unabashedly, even generously so.
  20. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Earnest and well-intentioned.
  21. 50
    Perfectly effective when judged on its own merits, but is that really enough anymore?
  22. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    50
    This mix of sweat and uplift in the Civil Rights era doesn't quite come off, despite some strong performances and the fact that it's based on a genuinely inspirational true story.
  23. Reviewed by: Michael Miner
    50
    The leads, Denzel Washington and particularly Will Patton, are so good they occasionally make you forget the material is shameless.
  24. 40
    Distressingly shallow.
  25. 40
    Falls short of both the social history lesson it so pointedly strives to impart and the sport it so roughly embraces.
  26. History as filtered through the faux-liberal prism of Hollywood's dream factory, and an insult, I believe, to the people who actually carried the fight and endured the pain for civil rights.
  27. 30
    Simplistic and non-controversial, and thus is virtually guaranteed commercial success.
  28. Its heart is in the right place, but it has no soul.
  29. 30
    Bruckheimer's latest is in some crucial respects worse than those earlier blockbuster bids ("Gone in 60 Seconds" and "Coyote Ugly") -- certainly it's more fraudulent -- because unlike those films, which don't claim to be about anything other than thrills and tits, Remember the Titans means to be about race.
  30. A feel-good movie only in the sense that it wants to reassure today's white people about our own enlightenment and how far we've come in the evolution of our attitudes about race.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 117 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    I think you should ignore the critics on this one. This is definitely one of my favorite movies! I can watch this movie over and over again.I think you should ignore the critics on this one. This is definitely one of my favorite movies! I can watch this movie over and over again. The story is absolutely great! Personally I like football a lot, which makes this movie even more appealing to me. And the fact that it's all based on actual events from 1971, makes this movie to what it is; a masterpiece! A must-see!! Full Review »
  2. EthanS.
    Oct 5, 2006
    10
    I'm sick of all these snooty uptight movie critics that can't recognise a movie masterpiece, and bad mouthing such an amazing I'm sick of all these snooty uptight movie critics that can't recognise a movie masterpiece, and bad mouthing such an amazing movie. Not only are there strong emotional content but there are also the necessary kick butt football scenes!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »
  3. Nov 22, 2014
    10
    This is probably the best sports film I've ever seen. Just a great ensemble cast that grows more and more comfortable with each other as timeThis is probably the best sports film I've ever seen. Just a great ensemble cast that grows more and more comfortable with each other as time goes on. Denzel Washington is not exactly but he seems to tone himself down because there are points in the film where he does not need to be the star of the show. All the members of the cast undergo some significant development in this movie and its a true inspiration. Full Review »