The Longshots Scores

True story is no 'touchdown'--but it's genuine
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2008 8:50 AM CDT
The Longshots Scores
Keke Palmer (left) stars as a quarterback in 'The Longshots.'   (MGM)

(Newser) 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.

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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. (Read more movie review stories.)

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