12 Mighty Orphans

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, 57% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • 12 Mighty Orphans will rouse faithful fans of old-fashioned inspirational sports dramas, but the target audience has seen this sort of thing done more effectively before.
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    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times
    Nothing that happens in "12 Mighty Orphans" is unexpected, but these two pros still react with infectious wonder as the messages they send to their students take root and then sprout.
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    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    A plodding football drama in which the characters talk to one another like folksy social workers.
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    Peter DebrugeVariety
    "12 Mighty Orphans" manages to subvert a few of the expected clichés to reasonably original effect, and the ensemble of lesser-known young actors is across-the-board strong.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    If you're looking for an old-fashioned sports drama, this is it.
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    Nell MinowMovie Mom
    Even though there are moments of intense emotion and struggle, Roberts maintains a quiet, deliberate tone.
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    Michael O'SullivanWashington Post
    The story proceeds in expected melodramatic fashion.
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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    There is ... a real sincerity to the storytelling here -- a homegrown fable ... with an easy but moving lesson about having faith in others and oneself.
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    Tom SantilliMovie Show Plus
    ...a period football film that does nothing to further the genre, but one that might satisfy those who find themselves suckers for this brand of melodrama.
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    Jim JudyScreen It!
    Okay, but held back by some cinematic penalties. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available)
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    Edward DouglasThe Weekend Warrior
    One of those sports movies that tries to win audiences over by not veering too far from what has worked previously.
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