The Longshots, a movie based on the true story of a girl who becomes a local football star, is “not nearly a touchdown—but not a fumble either,” writes Gary Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times. The film “is a likable enough Cinderella story, one whose heart is clearly in the right place, even if it winds up on its sleeve once too often,” he adds.
Other critics agree the family fare has something good to offer. It’s “genuinely affecting,” with “a heart as big as a football field even when its plot points are telegraphed,” notes Joe Neumaier in the Daily News. And Roger Ebert says it avoids pitfalls of the typical underdog-team film. “It's not all pumped up with flash and phoniness,” he writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.