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Based on 27 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Deserves plenty of credit for exploring racial issues story in more realistic terms. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional. show more

  • 50
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Express eventually reaches its triumph-of-the-human-spirit climax, but it yanks too hard on the heart strings during the long journey there. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Sports biodramas generally take one of two tacks: gauzily sentimental or scrappy tale of struggle. The Express runs the thin line between the two and, to its benefit, more often than not hits the first mark. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Thanks to a rock-solid performance by Dennis Quaid, nice historical touches and energetic direction by Gary Fleder, the tried-and-true formula is given a welcome shot of adrenaline. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Involving and inspiring in the way a good movie about sports almost always is. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    While Ernie's on-field accomplishments were extraordinary, it was the environment in which he struggled to achieve them that makes him the worthy subject of a motion picture. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    A decent football movie, just about good enough to be the 40th best episode of "Friday Night Lights" . . . which has aired 39 episodes. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    Davis led an unquestionably inspirational life, but The Express, however heartfelt, is uninspired. show more

  • 63
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Many inspirational sports movies provide only junk food for thought; this one contains some authentic reflections of sport in the civil rights era. show more

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