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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
  1. RonR.
    Oct 11, 2008
    10
    This film has come along at a time when America needs to be reminded that great people have strength, character and integrity. I gave me hope and reinforced that people can rise above adversity and negativity. I will see it again in order to balance news about politicians or financial company CEOs. Expand
  2. DonnaT.
    Oct 11, 2008
    10
    Excellent movie A history lesson that demonstrates character, courage, determination, sacrifice, teamwork and excellence ! I'm not even a football fan. Every young person should see. Collapse
  3. SharonC.
    Oct 19, 2008
    10
    I truly do not understand why this movie is given such a low rating by the critics. The film portrays our countries attitude towards African Americans at that time with great insight and accuracy. The acting is superb by both Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown. Plus, the supporting cast ain't to bad either. One feature of the film that I really liked was the editing...slicing actually scenes into the story. During the 50's, and 60's I watched Jim Brown play for the Cleveland Browns from the stands. Expand
  4. JerryV.
    Oct 13, 2008
    9
    Very good sports movie probably one of the best.
  5. SteveTripp
    Oct 25, 2008
    7
    Good film overall. Didn't have the fluidity that most good piopics have but I still recommend it.
  6. BK.
    Oct 23, 2008
    7
    Inspiring story told strictly by0the-book. The lead nails the part! Quaid has done this part many times before.
  7. JayH.
    Jan 11, 2009
    3
    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. Expand

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