(2006)

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80
Variety
Slick enterprise buoyed by a Motown-flavored '60s soundtrack and an appealing ensemble cast.
75
ReelViews
Glory Road's strength is the way in which it blends social awareness into the sports genre.
75
Where it succeeds is as the story of a chapter in history, the story of how one coach at one school arrived at an obvious conclusion and acted on it, and helped open college sports in the South to generations of African Americans.
75
Chicago Tribune
The movie's great end-title sequence redeems everything. Under the credits, we see and hear the real-life game veterans as they are now--including, movingly, ex-Lakers coach Riley.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Stirring tale of a team whose big win speeds the integration of intercollegiate sports.
70
Dallas Observer
As American history, Glory Road is by turns inspirational and thrilling. But, in keeping with Hollywood's gift for exaggeration, a couple of things about it are completely bogus.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Still, it's only just a jump shot or two before Glory Road settles into its rudimentary, music-cued rhythms of classroom civics lessons punctuated by on-court action.
50
The A.V. Club
Glory Road treats history as if it were a 7th-grade social-studies text laid out in a 16-point font, getting the basics right without trying to evoke any of the details that would make it memorable. In other words, it gets the Bruckheimer treatment.
50
Rolling Stone
Josh Lucas plays Haskins with a no-bull vigor that comes in handy when the script saddles him with all-bull platitudes.
50
L.A. Weekly
Glory Road keeps its focus frustratingly narrow. There's a nugget of an interesting idea here...But first-time director James Gartner's movie is less a study of race than it is a fast break of underdog clichés and "inspirational" speeches.

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