The Express

The Express
The Express
  • PG
  • 2h 10m
  • 2008
Fresh61%
Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
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Witness the inspirational true story of a real American hero. Rising from the humblest of beginnings, Ernie Davis (Rob Brown) overcame impossible odds to become the first African-American to win college football’s greatest honor – the Heisman Trophy. Starring Dennis Quaid as the hard-nosed coach that helped drive him to greatness, The Express is a powerful story of triumph on and off the field that will have you cheering again and again!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh61%
Critics Consensus: The Express crosses the goal line as an inspirational sports drama, although fans of the genre will recognize many -- if not most -- of its clichés.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Wally Hammond
Fresh

The sports-movie template is capable of absorbing any story and delivering the same uplift.

June 21, 2017
At the Movies
Ben Mankiewicz
Fresh

Rob Brown did a nice job.

March 3, 2019
At the Movies
Ben Lyons
Fresh

Football fan or not, definitely be sure to see it.

August 20, 2018
Chicago Tribune
Michael Phillips
Rotten

The film does the job, in its conventional way. But it's geared to throw the prime screen time in...

March 3, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Inspirational true story tackles race, football.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film -- which was originally rated PG-13 and was re-edited to earn its PG -- revolves around the issue of race in America in the '50s and '60s and is fraught with racial epithets and racist attitudes. There's also a certain amount of violence -- including hard-hitting football action and also dirty tricks like a coach directing his players to hit an opponent at the site of an injury. There's also some salty tough-talk from a football coach and depictions of the segregation and racial divides in the American South in the '50s and '60s.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 10, 2008
  • Highest Available for Purchase:4KLearn More

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