The Express


Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Crowdpleasing and oh-so-predictable.
  2. Sports biodramas generally take one of two tacks: gauzily sentimental or scrappy tale of struggle. The Express runs the thin line between the two and, to its benefit, more often than not hits the first mark.
  3. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    While never as trailblazing as its subject, The Express is a worthy addition to the lengthy canon of sports biopics
  4. It's a fine moral and an admirable statement, but it's the portrait of an icon rather than the story of the person thrust into that position.
  5. Maybe the real Ernie Davis really was this perfect, but the movie plays as if the filmmakers didn't want to offend his family.
  6. Too often The Express sidelines its own main character in favor of the lemon-sucking, jaw-jutting glower patented by Quaid.
  7. The Express eventually reaches its triumph-of-the-human-spirit climax, but it yanks too hard on the heart strings during the long journey there.
  8. 50
    Long on inspiration, short on specifics.
  9. 50
    If one will pardon the obvious analogy, The Express ends up feeling like a fumble at the goal line, coming across as simple-minded and melodramatic.
  10. 50
    This movie is especially egregious since it bundles the civil rights era, garden-variety bigotry, and the achievements of Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
  11. Any one of these narrative components might have made for a worthy picture. But that would have taken a more imaginative writer than Charles Leavitt and a more sensitive director than Gary Fleder.
  12. The Express may prove valuable to movie historians since it's a compendium of virtually every sports movie cliché ever contrived.
  13. 40
    Like all formulaic biopics, The Express sacrifices the details for the Big Picture--hagiography without the humanity.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. msmitty
    Jan 24, 2009
    A very entertaining movie that is well worth the money. Theres a little bit of everything in the movie with very good football attributes.
  2. JayH.
    Jan 11, 2009
    Endless and boring, a good hour could have cut and it wouldn't matter. I have seen all this SO many times before. It is so cliche ridden Endless and boring, a good hour could have cut and it wouldn't matter. I have seen all this SO many times before. It is so cliche ridden it is ridiculous. The acting and the story are way too melodramatic.Totally predictable. Full Review »
  3. SteveTripp
    Oct 25, 2008
    Good film overall. Didn't have the fluidity that most good piopics have but I still recommend it.