Metascore
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. 75
    The more it builds, the more it grows on you.
  2. An unforced, sweet-natured story about people who find small ways to touch others and rediscover the good in themselves.
  3. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    67
    Cube is excellent as the doughy, rumpled ex-somebody who finds new life in helping to save somebody else's.
  4. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    67
    Hopelessly clichéd.
  5. 63
    Its characters are likable enough to settle in with for a pleasant hour and a half.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  7. It also has another watchable turn from Ice Cube, and, as with his previous films, the rap artist-actor leads by example.
  8. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    60
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Mayo
    60
    The characters have an equally realistic appearance that's rarely seen in Hollywood productions these days
  10. 58
    A sports movie like every other, but the excellent, lived-in performances of Cube and Palmer make it a mildly affecting.
  11. Leaves you feeling buoyed, but you must endure a level of overacting more suitable for the soaps.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    The saga is an undeniably heartwarming one about perseverance, hard work, and pride in community. And who could criticize that?
  13. A pleasant flick, more suitable for families than football fans.
  14. 50
    What makes this one different? Absolutely nothing. (Sure, it's based on a true story, but I mean come on, whatever.)
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    50
    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.
  16. Every triumph registers low on the emotion meter, and most of the supporting characters are two-dimensional at best.
  17. Reviewed by: Felix Vasques Jr.
    40
    A clichéd and painfully formulaic little film.
  18. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    38
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    20
    The Longshots strains so hard to inspire, every moment underlined with a by-the-numbers score, that it ends up totally innocuous.

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