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The Express Reviews

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November 27, 2020
The formulaic presentation and stereotypical structure to this motivational sports drama doesn't provide an appropriately engaging platform to tell Davis' story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 11, 2020
Administers a strong dose of well-earned outrage at what men of colour had to go through to get to places their white counterparts reached with ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 7, 2020
The always dependable Charles S. Dutton turns in another fine performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
October 23, 2009
It makes the most of its on-the-field drama, but it tends toward gross generalizations and oversentimentality. ... As a result, the film is burdened with hokiness.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 31, 2009
The movie also has its heart in the right place and it is as earnest as it can be. It simply falls short of being a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 3, 2009
While there's nothing remarkable about the way director Gary Fleder has brought The Express to the screen, this is a solid film that does justice to Davis' legacy.
Read More | Original Score: 75/100
December 5, 2008
While never as trailblazing as its subject, The Express is a worthy addition to the lengthy canon of sports biopics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
The sports-movie template is capable of absorbing any story and delivering the same uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
December 5, 2008
A fine example of the form. Cliched and sentimental it might be, but in the case of The Express, these criticisms almost count as plus points.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
Gary Fleder's sporting drama has its heart in the right place but, sheesh, that title grows more ironic with each crawling minute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
A tidal wave of corn syrup hardly mars this old-style, populist entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
Fact-based or fictional, no genre sticks to the playbook more rigidly than the sports drama. Creditable addition to the canon though it is, The Express does not buck the trend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
Entertaining drama biopic that marshals its collection of sports biopic cliches to winning effect, aided by superb performances from Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 10, 2008
Rob Brown did a nice job.
November 10, 2008
Football fan or not, definitely be sure to see it.
October 18, 2008
It's hamstrung by both underdeveloped plot strands and overdeveloped visual style, but it still works in its own way, plowing through potential criticisms much like its titular gridiron hero plowed through tacklers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 18, 2008
Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional, except for two outstanding set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2008
Quaid delivers one of the most stirring half-time speeches in movie history.
| Original Score: 3/4
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