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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  1. Though The Express may stretch the limits of probability, holding up Davis as an athletic superman incapable of losing, it's also that rare sports film that isn't afraid to dabble in personal and social ambiguity.
  2. 63
    Many inspirational sports movies provide only junk food for thought; this one contains some authentic reflections of sport in the civil rights era.
  3. Rob Brown (Stop-Loss) gives a graceful, understated performance as Ernie Davis.
  4. 75
    Involving and inspiring in the way a good movie about sports almost always is.
  5. Has Dennis Quaid really never played a college football coach before? With his handsome, craggy face and likable intensity, he was born for the job, and he's the main attraction in The Express.
  6. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    Even if you already knew the facts, you won’' be able to help but reflect in awe at how much progress in the fight against discrimination has been made on a societal level.
  7. 63
    A decent football movie, just about good enough to be the 40th best episode of "Friday Night Lights" . . . which has aired 39 episodes.
  8. 75
    While Ernie's on-field accomplishments were extraordinary, it was the environment in which he struggled to achieve them that makes him the worthy subject of a motion picture.
  9. Deserves plenty of credit for exploring racial issues story in more realistic terms.
  10. Thanks to a rock-solid performance by Dennis Quaid, nice historical touches and energetic direction by Gary Fleder, the tried-and-true formula is given a welcome shot of adrenaline.
  11. 70
    If a movie of this kind didn't traffic in overstatement, it wouldn't be doing its job, which is to provide a strong dose of simple, rousing emotion.
  12. Davis led an unquestionably inspirational life, but The Express, however heartfelt, is uninspired.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional.
  14. 70
    The Express finesses a cinematic hat trick: It's entertaining, deeply moving and genuinely important.
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.