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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    At least a more satisfying basketball saga than last year's "Coach Carter."

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This isn't a great film, but it's a surprisingly good and confident one, with a minimum of the showboating that often substitutes, in the feelgood genre, for simple feelings.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Stirring tale of a team whose big win speeds the integration of intercollegiate sports.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Inspiring sports flick about an underdog team.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes harsh language and imagery emerging from U.S. racism during the 1960s. Characters argue about terms used (spoken and written, in letters and graffiti) include the n-word, "Negro," "colored," and "honky." The Confederate flag appears in multiple shots during the final game. Characters' arguments over race and their on-court competitions lead to shoving and fighting. Some of the game footage shows minor rough play. Players sneak off to drink at a bar and appear at practice the next day hung over. Some white fans at games on the road throw trash at the integrated team as they enter and leave the court. One black player is beaten by a few white thugs, leaving him bloodied and bruised.

  • Families can talk about racism as it is presented here and how it works now. How do disparities in opportunities and hopes result in resentment on all sides? You might also talk about the responsibilities for taking up such struggles: How does the coach engage his players' fight as his own? How does his wife share his commitment? How can sports help to address social and political problems?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Players are dedicated; those racists who decry their interracial team are plainly demonized.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Roughhousing among players; beating in a diner bathroom leaves one player badly bloodied.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Bobby Joe sneaks off to see his grlfriend; some background girls wear skimpy clothing.

  • language false3

    Language: Minor cursing, but salient use of n-word, to showcase the racism players were up against.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking in a bar, where characters smoke in the background, some comments made ("What are you smoking?").