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American Underdog (2021)



Critic Consensus: American Underdog sticks to the standard inspirational sports drama playbook -- and proves once again that it can be very effective in the right hands.

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American Underdog tells the inspirational true story of Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi), who went from a stockboy at a grocery store to a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Hall of Fame quarterback. The film centers on Warner's unique story and years of challenges and setbacks that could have derailed his aspirations to become an NFL player -- but just when his dreams seemed all but out of reach, it is only with the support of his wife, Brenda (Anna Paquin) and the encouragement of his family, coaches, and teammates that Warner perseveres and finds the strength to show the world the champion that he already is. American Underdog is an uplifting story that demonstrates that anything is possible when you have faith, family and determination.

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Zachary Levi
as Kurt Warner
Anna Paquin
as Brenda Warner
Dennis Quaid
as Dick Vermeil
Adam Baldwin
as Terry Allen
Ser'Darius Blain
as Mike Hudnutt

Critic Reviews for American Underdog

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (14)

American Underdog doesn't ever really connect the modest virtuousness of Kurt and Brenda to Kurt's ascension as a quarterback.

December 27, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"American Underdog" is a thoroughly predictable yet hugely entertaining sports biopic that is bound to please almost anyone who's not a sourball cynic or a snarky critic.

December 23, 2021 | Full Review…
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The film is sanitized to the point of sterility.

December 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Warner's story is inspirational but intricate, and this wan film struggles to balance simple storytelling with the complexities of the sport.

December 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Each scene has its obvious purpose; you can almost see the scaffolding of the script behind the words. And yet.

December 23, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The just-good-enough tale of a nice guy who worked hard and believed in himself and eventually got his chance to shine.

December 23, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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