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Based on 27 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Involving and inspiring in the way a good movie about sports almost always is.
Deserves plenty of credit for exploring racial issues story in more realistic terms.
Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional.
While Ernie's on-field accomplishments were extraordinary, it was the environment in which he struggled to achieve them that makes him the worthy subject of a motion picture.
The Hollywood Reporter
Thanks to a rock-solid performance by Dennis Quaid, nice historical touches and energetic direction by Gary Fleder, the tried-and-true formula is given a welcome shot of adrenaline.
Has Dennis Quaid really never played a college football coach before? With his handsome, craggy face and likable intensity, he was born for the job, and he's the main attraction in The Express.
A decent football movie, just about good enough to be the 40th best episode of "Friday Night Lights" . . . which has aired 39 episodes.
Davis led an unquestionably inspirational life, but The Express, however heartfelt, is uninspired.
Many inspirational sports movies provide only junk food for thought; this one contains some authentic reflections of sport in the civil rights era.
Sports biodramas generally take one of two tacks: gauzily sentimental or scrappy tale of struggle. The Express runs the thin line between the two and, to its benefit, more often than not hits the first mark.
The Express eventually reaches its triumph-of-the-human-spirit climax, but it yanks too hard on the heart strings during the long journey there.

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