(2008)

Critic Reviews

58

Metascore

Based on 27 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
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.
75
Involving and inspiring in the way a good movie about sports almost always is.
70
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.
67
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.
60
Variety
Crowdpleasing and oh-so-predictable.
58
It's a fine moral and an admirable statement, but it's the portrait of an icon rather than the story of the person thrust into that position.
50
Chicago Tribune
Too often The Express sidelines its own main character in favor of the lemon-sucking, jaw-jutting glower patented by Quaid.
50
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.
50
The A.V. Club
Long on inspiration, short on specifics.
40
Village Voice
Like all formulaic biopics, The Express sacrifices the details for the Big Picture--hagiography without the humanity.

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