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. 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.
  2. 40
    Distressingly shallow.
  3. 88
    A civics lesson about integration very artfully - and entertainingly - disguised as an upbeat family sports movie.
  4. Denzel Washington, by now, could do this sort of role in his sleep.
  5. Earns its emotional moments, and it takes the audience along.
  6. It has a good heart, though, and makes an amiable introduction to the integration battles of the '60s and '70s.
  7. A shrewd, pulpy crowd-pleaser.
  8. A proudly unsophisticated demonstration of racial progress.
  9. A conventional, button-pushing but emotionally affecting tale.
  10. 40
    Falls short of both the social history lesson it so pointedly strives to impart and the sport it so roughly embraces.
  11. 75
    Only a very stony heart could resist its pull.
  12. 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.
  13. The script's hokiness flattens the performances.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Earnest and well-intentioned.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Works better and cuts deeper than the mostly fictionalized "Hoosiers."
  18. It really does communicate an optimistic sense that race is irrelevant and we can all live happily ever after together.
  19. If Remember the Titans is corny, it's unabashedly, even generously so.
  20. 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.
  21. So smug and so proud of itself, and you can tell that everybody involved conceives of it as a civics lesson instead of a story, that they squeeze all the life out of it.
  22. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Washington and the others score in this predictable but rousing film where the big victory is over attitudes.
  23. Lively and inspirational, with terrific performances from a big star and a host of supporting players.
  24. Its heart is in the right place, but it has no soul.
  25. 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.
  26. 10
    Boorish and flatulent.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 30
    Simplistic and non-controversial, and thus is virtually guaranteed commercial success.
  30. 75
    Ultimately nothing more than a live-action cartoon. A high-minded, inspiring cartoon, but a cartoon nonetheless.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 116 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 »