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Metascore®Generally favorable reviewsbased on a weighted average of allcritic review scores.
In the way it combines sports with human nature, it reminded me of another wonderful Indiana sports movie, "Breaking Away." It's a movie that is all heart.
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It's as engaging, as modest, as utterly American and as thrilling as the true-life story it's based on. [11 Dec 1986, Calendar, p.6-1]
An involving tale about the unlikely success of a smalltown Indiana high school basketball team that paradoxically proves both rousing and too conventional.
There is enough intelligence and craftsmanship in the execution of Hoosiers to make it seem, if not exactly fresh, at least respectably entertaining. [27 Feb 1987, Friday, p.A]
This film's very lack of surprise and sophistication accounts for a lot of its considerable charm.
This is one of the best re-creations ever of the early-'50s Midwest. [11 Sept 1987, Life, p.3D]
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OK for kids 9+
A tale of heroic sportsmanship.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the emotional intensity here is of the "who will win?" variety. The movie also deals with alcoholism, but features the redemption of two adult leads.
Messages: Since (men's) basketball is the only game in town, Indiana girls don't have much to do except cheer or complain. And it's hard to tell the healthy, corn-bred players apart.
Violence: Several sports melees, including a bench-clearing brawl at the sectional championship game.
Sex: Not an issue
Language: Occasional mild profanity.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue
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