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  • Summary: Based on a true story, "The Express" follows the extraordinary life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. His fight for equality and respect forever changed the face of American sports, and his story continues to inspire new generations. (Universal Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    80
    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.
  2. Deserves plenty of credit for exploring racial issues story in more realistic terms.
  3. 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.
  4. 63
    Many inspirational sports movies provide only junk food for thought; this one contains some authentic reflections of sport in the civil rights era.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    60
    Crowdpleasing and oh-so-predictable.
  6. Too often The Express sidelines its own main character in favor of the lemon-sucking, jaw-jutting glower patented by Quaid.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    40
    Like all formulaic biopics, The Express sacrifices the details for the Big Picture--hagiography without the humanity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10

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