We Are Marshall

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. Filmmakers have presented an unvarnished drama about Marshall University and the people who love it, and the results are inspirational.
  2. 75
    We Are Marshall is precisely what one expects from a true sports story: it's uplifting and inspiring.
  3. Surprisingly restrained and undeniably entertaining.
  4. 75
    Equally thrilling and wrenching, the film is an absolute must for anyone who loves sports and an eloquent explanation for those who don't understand what the fuss is about.
  5. "Charlie's Angels" director Joseph McGinty Nichol (aka McG) shows surprising restraint with this emotionally freighted material, weighting the movie heavily towards relationships.
  6. The result is a movie that inspires without pontificating and plays on the heartstrings without pounding on them incessantly.
  7. 75
    The actor's (McConaughey) lovable exuberance is exactly what this heartsick movie needs.
  8. Often as not, the movie works. Here and there, it works kind of beautifully.
  9. 70
    The film is injected with a refreshing energy whenever McConaughey is on-screen, balancing some of the inherent sadness of the story.
  10. "Lost" star Matthew Fox pitches in with a strong performance as a coach who, by the laws of whimsy, didn't take the final flight home and had to struggle with survivor's guilt.
  11. To the movie's credit, the cast is better than average.
  12. McConaughey tucks into the role like a hungry man gobbling a ham sandwich.
  13. An enjoyable time-waster, distinguished by an unexpectedly sharp comic turn by McConaughey, lots of boisterous horseplay and some stirring emotional clinches. All in all, an entirely serviceable night out for buddies looking to locate hidden feelings.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 60
  2. Negative: 6 out of 60
  1. LawrenceM.
    Dec 17, 2006
    1
    Cliched and stale. Note to movie execs: it's time to relegate all tragic "based on a true story," "overcoming human misery to ultimately Cliched and stale. Note to movie execs: it's time to relegate all tragic "based on a true story," "overcoming human misery to ultimately succeed" Disney-fied movies to Lifetime. Note #2 to movie execs: stop casting Matthew McConaughey in any sort of drama role. Actually, in any role, for that matter. Full Review »
  2. Feb 7, 2016
    8
    The acting was good and the movie was entertaining,the music was good and the cinematography was superb.It might be a little too overdramaticThe acting was good and the movie was entertaining,the music was good and the cinematography was superb.It might be a little too overdramatic for it's own good and it may be too cliche for some but, overall, it was a good movie. Full Review »
  3. Dec 23, 2015
    5
    We Are Marshall does not have the impact that the classic football films have. McG is the director for this film and we all know what kind ofWe Are Marshall does not have the impact that the classic football films have. McG is the director for this film and we all know what kind of track record he has with films like Terminator Salvation and Charlie's Angels Full Throttle. We Are Marshall is more of the same. The film starts out well with tragedy but the script does not allow the viewer to get behind the team. The script relies far to much on characters that really don't matter rather than just stick with the football team. Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox are both decent in this movie and they are certainly the highlights of a fairly talented cast including a young Kate Mara and Anthony Mackie. Despite the strong effort from the two Matthews their characters still remained underdeveloped and the film just does not make the cut. Full Review »