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. 40
    Falls short of both the social history lesson it so pointedly strives to impart and the sport it so roughly embraces.
  2. Lively and inspirational, with terrific performances from a big star and a host of supporting players.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Washington and the others score in this predictable but rousing film where the big victory is over attitudes.
  4. The script's hokiness flattens the performances.
  5. 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.
  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. Works better and cuts deeper than the mostly fictionalized "Hoosiers."
  8. It has a good heart, though, and makes an amiable introduction to the integration battles of the '60s and '70s.
  9. Its heart is in the right place, but it has no soul.
  10. Denzel Washington, by now, could do this sort of role in his sleep.
  11. 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.
  12. 30
    Simplistic and non-controversial, and thus is virtually guaranteed commercial success.
  13. 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.
  14. A shrewd, pulpy crowd-pleaser.
  15. 75
    Only a very stony heart could resist its pull.
  16. 75
    Ultimately nothing more than a live-action cartoon. A high-minded, inspiring cartoon, but a cartoon nonetheless.
  17. 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.
  18. 88
    A civics lesson about integration very artfully - and entertainingly - disguised as an upbeat family sports movie.
  19. A conventional, button-pushing but emotionally affecting tale.
  20. 40
    Distressingly shallow.
  21. 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.
  22. Earns its emotional moments, and it takes the audience along.
  23. A proudly unsophisticated demonstration of racial progress.
  24. It really does communicate an optimistic sense that race is irrelevant and we can all live happily ever after together.
  25. If Remember the Titans is corny, it's unabashedly, even generously so.
  26. 50
    Perfectly effective when judged on its own merits, but is that really enough anymore?
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Earnest and well-intentioned.
  30. 10
    Boorish and flatulent.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 1 out of 37
  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. 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. Mar 10, 2014
    7
    A Disney story with a Disney ending. The movie tweaks a few details of the true story to make it pleasing for everyone watching. And that is exactly what it was, enjoyable to watch with great quotable speeches. But it was just too predictable and too "soft" for my taste but good insight to what it was like in those days. My final score is 71.8 out of 100. Full Review »
  3. Nov 24, 2013
    10
    When first saw this, I knew what was going to happen and such, but it's how they get there, with an amazing emotional turn and fun, this is one of my favorite movies. Full Review »