When the Game Stands Tall

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  • Summary: Inspired by a true story, When the Game Stands Tall brings to life the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team: 151 straight victories over 12 years. Along the way, Coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) has always emphasized purpose and significance rather thanInspired by a true story, When the Game Stands Tall brings to life the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team: 151 straight victories over 12 years. Along the way, Coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) has always emphasized purpose and significance rather than streaks and titles. But when real-life adversity leaves the team reeling, the Spartans must decide if the sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork they have always trusted in can rebuild what is now disintegrating around them. [Sony Pictures Entertainment] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Aug 21, 2014
    75
    More in the tone of the big screen "Friday Night Lights" than "Rudy" or "The Blind Side," it succeeds as mainstream entertainment without relying on a conventional storybook framework.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 21, 2014
    60
    There's no question that a soft-spoken person can be a great leader, but Caviezel underplays Ladouceur to the point that you wonder how the players could even hear him, much less be inspired by him.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 22, 2014
    50
    The real-life story behind When the Game Stands Tall sounds amazing. But for all its exciting sports scenes, the movie version falls flat as drama.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Aug 20, 2014
    40
    It’s too blandly acted and directed to make much of an impact.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Aug 21, 2014
    40
    The movie is more effective as sports fantasy than as theology.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Aug 22, 2014
    38
    The script depends entirely too much on a succession of reporters, announcers, and spectators to provide context and detail in clunky, implausible dialogue.
  7. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Aug 21, 2014
    30
    "When the Game” is like a bad seven-layer salad: it's tempting in theory, but it's really just a jumble of random ingredients that wind up supremely unappetizing in the aggregate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Aug 31, 2014
    10
    This movies is amazing, and very empowering with such real life situations and resolve in healthy ways,
    It s a movie for everyone and I wish
    This movies is amazing, and very empowering with such real life situations and resolve in healthy ways,
    It s a movie for everyone and I wish everyone would see it. It has certainly changed my life, I am not a person who watches football at all, but the movies is much much more that a game, it is about the game of life,
    We all suffer and have defining, critical times in our lives, when we have to make hard decisions, This movies will always live in my mind to do the right thing, not the thing I can rationalize,
    Please take anyone you can children included to see this movie. it is clean, wholesome but real.
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  2. Aug 29, 2014
    9
    This is a very inspiring story and the movie is very authentic in its portrayal of the real events (as evidenced by clips from the actualThis is a very inspiring story and the movie is very authentic in its portrayal of the real events (as evidenced by clips from the actual people in the closing credits). I love Jim Caveizel as an actor and as a person. No one has taken a hit in Hollywood over the past decade more for his principles. I wanted to see the film just to support him and the message of the film. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie on its own merits. This is a very noble and worthy film. Caveizel does not come across as a typical high school football coach but he very effectively captures Coach Ladouceur's demeanor and integrity. The basic messages of giving perfect effort (even if one cannot guarantee perfect results), becoming someone of integrity and what it means to be someone others can count on really resonate. This is such a refreshing movie compared to most of the nihilistic alternatives currently out there. Please see this movie and take your kids. Expand
  3. Sep 14, 2014
    9
    I thought this movie is as good as any other sports movie around. Comparable to Remember the Titans in my opinion, although it is not yourI thought this movie is as good as any other sports movie around. Comparable to Remember the Titans in my opinion, although it is not your typical underdog movie. De La Salle high school is not really an underdog school but you get to see them deal with all the pressures of being so successful. Great acting from the whole cast. Another inspirational football movie. Expand
  4. Oct 21, 2015
    8
    A great inspiring movie, makes you realize that not everything is about you but those who stand beside you.

    Watch it online for free:
    A great inspiring movie, makes you realize that not everything is about you but those who stand beside you.

    Watch it online for free: https://www.primewire.ag/watch-2751600-When-the-Game-Stands-Tall-online-free
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  5. Jan 16, 2015
    7
    Jim Caviezel shines.

    My only disappointment while watching this one was that the filmmakers were restrained by true events. This is the
    Jim Caviezel shines.

    My only disappointment while watching this one was that the filmmakers were restrained by true events.

    This is the kind of movie that should emotionally manipulate me into a sobbing mess but they barely got ~single tear~.

    It's worth a watch if you like football or "inspirational story of" type films.
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  6. Dec 9, 2014
    7
    The movie is good to a point it delivers real life events, Casting is perfect . Good watch , don't know why the critics hate it. A must watchThe movie is good to a point it delivers real life events, Casting is perfect . Good watch , don't know why the critics hate it. A must watch for all the Sports fans Expand
  7. Jul 30, 2015
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a football movie, just like any other football movie you know the underdogs always wins. I was also forced to watch this movie. I have seen other football movies such as facing the giants and all that jazz. But having a predictable plot and ending is just a slap on the d i c k. The beginning starts with a sucky a s s coach that has probably seen the inside of a girls locker room (if you know what i mean). He's such a f u c k i n g downer that i didn't even want to watch the rest of this ,what felt like, student made feel-good film. The acting is what i would describe as an elderly person falling down a flight of stairs, a miracle, lol jk a f u c k i n g disaster. This movie didn't need to be made. Whoever had the idea of some sh i tty football team the miraculously became the best team in the g o dd a m n world. H e ll these guys could beat the Patriots. From the first 10 minutes of the movie i felt a spicy hot feeling in the d i c k h o l e that kept burning throughout the entire movie. Of course the coach has a child with minor brain problems. And so what that half the team did the same cheerleader and got hep-c. Oh wait wrong movie. What i meant to say was of course the team wins the big one and the coach has a stupid a s s kid finally because everyone thought he was an infertile son of a b it ch. Most of the players were not interesting and were found on the dairy side of walmart. Anyone could have put less of an effort into their role and would still have been more interesting. Yet another boring a s s movie that wasted an hours most of my life that i cant have back. Thanks coach fuhkboi. just dont watch this movie, i would rather you watch the star wars holiday special or anything. Please, for shrek. Thanks for the pepperoni pizza-yours truly-coach's down-syndrome bb Expand

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