The Longshots


Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. An unforced, sweet-natured story about people who find small ways to touch others and rediscover the good in themselves.
  2. 75
    The more it builds, the more it grows on you.
  3. Cube is excellent as the doughy, rumpled ex-somebody who finds new life in helping to save somebody else's.
  4. 63
    It's all terribly trite, but Durst does make an effort to keep his film grounded in the reality of a lot of once thriving towns like the fictional Minden.
  5. 63
    Its characters are likable enough to settle in with for a pleasant hour and a half.
  6. 60
    The characters have an equally realistic appearance that's rarely seen in Hollywood productions these days
  7. Cube fills the bill as the shaggy, aimless Curtis, a veritable ghost of glories past. It's not a particularly layered performance, but it works.
  8. It also has another watchable turn from Ice Cube, and, as with his previous films, the rap artist-actor leads by example.
  9. 58
    A sports movie like every other, but the excellent, lived-in performances of Cube and Palmer make it a mildly affecting.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    While The Longshots is by no means an unpleasant experience, it feels like a project carried out by people who began with the best of intentions but weren't quite able to sustain their initial enthusiasm.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The saga is an undeniably heartwarming one about perseverance, hard work, and pride in community. And who could criticize that?
  12. 50
    What makes this one different? Absolutely nothing. (Sure, it's based on a true story, but I mean come on, whatever.)
  13. A pleasant flick, more suitable for families than football fans.
  14. Leaves you feeling buoyed, but you must endure a level of overacting more suitable for the soaps.
  15. Every triumph registers low on the emotion meter, and most of the supporting characters are two-dimensional at best.
  16. 40
    A clichéd and painfully formulaic little film.
  17. It's almost always rewarding to watch an underdog triumph--what else could explain why movies exactly like this keep being made?--but Longshots is one underdog that's hard to love and harder still to champion.
  18. 20
    The Longshots strains so hard to inspire, every moment underlined with a by-the-numbers score, that it ends up totally innocuous.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. ChadS.
    Aug 23, 2008
    The Gracie(Carly Schroeder) of "Gracie" is actually actress Elizabeth Shue as a young girl who wanted to play soccer when soccer was a boys The Gracie(Carly Schroeder) of "Gracie" is actually actress Elizabeth Shue as a young girl who wanted to play soccer when soccer was a boys only sport. In the film's most stirring scene, Gracie looks at herself in the mirror like a guy would; she flexes her arm, as an athlete would, a male athlete. "Gracie" takes place in the seventies. This scene carries the weight of a revolution in progress. Gracie is more concerned with big muscles than big breasts. In "The Longshots", Jasmine Plummer(Keke Palmer) aspires to be a model, but her Uncle Curtis(Ice Cube) has bigger plans for his niece. He uses famous women as throwing targets, beautiful women who might be role models for a young African-American girl. Beyonce, Foxy Brown, and Tyra Banks are utilized for the drill; talented women in their own right, but sex objects. Tyra used to be Jasmine's idol. Now that the world has opened up for her, she needs new idols. Sports give girls like Jasmine the option of being more than a pretty face with a tight body. But football? Some may argue(remember New Mexico Lobos' placekicker Katie Hnida?) that the game is sacrosanct to boys, which gives "The Longshots" a tension that other inspirational sports movies lack: animosity towards the hero. Football's gatekeepers believe that the hegemony of boys in the most masculine of sports should be maintained. Jasmine's participation as the starting quarterback on her middle school football team is a threat to that hegemony, which makes "The Longshots" a political movie, but the filmmaker largely ignores this fact, preferring instead to focus on the emotional uplift of a dying town that the team's change of fortune provides. What it does, it does well, but there's a glut of movies just like "The Longshots". Full Review »
  2. MiguelS.
    Aug 21, 2008
    Lowbrow entertainment at its worst, don't waste your cash people!!!