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  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Undefeated is filled with wonderful narratives, which impressed academy voters enough to garner an Academy Award this week. It's a credit to directors Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Daniels that the personal stories of the kids and coaches resonate more than the wins and losses. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Deftly balancing the students' stories with that of Courtney's, the film creates a fully rounded portrait of a corner of America rarely examined. show more

  • 50
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    One of the reasons documentaries often take so long to make is the filmmakers' need to keep their subject from giving a performance. They want something genuine, something that materializes only when the camera disappears. Nothing Mr. Courtney is says is inaccurate or, God knows, dishonest. But it isn't quite true either. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Undefeated is undeniably inspirational stuff. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    There are plenty of unexpected moments within this stirring film, but it's no surprise at all that it's been tapped to compete for a Best Documentary Oscar next Sunday. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's impossible not to root for these guys, or to leave Undefeated without feeling enormously moved by the experience of their joys and disappointments. show more

  • 80
    Movieline

    Its triumphs are bittersweet, but they're irresistible. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Undefeated is an emotional and effective film. show more

  • 88
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Absorbing, inspiring and terrifically entertaining, Undefeated earns its title: It's a winner all the way. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Unlike the benchmark sports documentary "Hoop Dreams," Undefeated doesn't have a deep penetration of poverty and race in its playbook, but it does have enough heart to make substantial forward progress. show more

  • March 06, 2013 Dakota
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    This movie was great! Totally absorbing. We care about these young men who are molded by this fine coach and we care about the man they call coach. Highly recommend this film.

  • February 05, 2012 Big Daddy
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    I like docunentaries about sports teams, especially down on their luck, doing well stories. I felt I would like to see this movie. I decided I would like some history about the Manassas, Memphis high school team. The information in the plot is not quite true. The 2007 Mananassas team went 7-4 and went a playoff game. The 2008 Manassas team went 9-2 and also went to a playoff game, so they had been to a playoff game at least twice before 2009 documentary season. The 2009 team also went 9-2 and went a playoff game. Pretty good records for a team who always losing. The coaches names during these years were Tommy Wareen and Carl Coleman, noit Bill Courtney, as stated in the plot. What\'s up?

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