(2010)

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75
This rousingly sweet little flick is certainly nothing to go out of your way to avoid.
50
For a movie with a star wrestler at the center of it, Legendary doesn't pack much of a punch.
50
Despite the hackneyed script by John Posey, Legendary is not without merit, and the story works fairly successfully as a family drama between Cal, Mike and their single mother, played by the dependable Patricia Clarkson.
50
Legendary is so intent on paying heartfelt tribute to dogged young athletes that it neglects basic story needs.
50
It's almost offensive that Danny Glover is relegated to playing the mysterious old confidante who haunts the same fishing hole as Cal. By the time Glover's character delivers the homily, Legendary is pinned to the mat.
50
Legendary is a soap opera with steroids.
42
A well-meaning dud.
40
A bold-faced name for a lowercase effort, a school wrestling drama so mired in family-film clichés it can never shake loose the suspicion that - not unlike certain high-gloss mat bouts - the emotional fix is in from the get-go.
38
You'll come away from Legendary with no sense of what amateur wrestling is about.
38
A by-the-numbers sports drama with a death grip on clichés and acting every bit as flat as the mat, seems unlikely to draw much of a crowd.
38
The script, by actor turned writer John Posey, has structural problems and motivational issues in between the cliches. And Cena, a few movies into his career, is still all presence and no acting.
20
Most of the acting is amateurish at best, and the tone is vintage "Afterschool Special." But it does aim to be family-friendly, and at least it succeeds there.

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