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Hoosiers Review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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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  • 100

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    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]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    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]

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    This is one of the best re-creations ever of the early-'50s Midwest. [11 Sept 1987, Life, p.3D]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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.

  • Families can talk about other sports movies. What is appealing about them? Do you ever doubt the outcome? What kind of feelings do they stir up? How does this one compare and contrast to other sports films you've seen?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Several sports melees, including a bench-clearing brawl at the sectional championship game.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional mild profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue