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We Are Marshall

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In November 1970, the entire football team was on board a plane, but they all died in the crash, including instructors from Marshall University. After the fatal accident, Nate Ruffin - a player who was sick and absent from that deadly journey - met with other students at the university to persuade the board of governors to play in the 1971 season again with new players. The head of the college without Dedeman, must find a coach to collect players. They submitted a petition to the National Association for Student Safety to allow new players to play. Coach Jacques Lengiel was chosen to lead the young players and train them to win the championship.
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Movie Metropolis
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September 08, 2007

Despite its best intentions, there is much in We Are Marshall that holds it back from being the best it can be.
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Reel Film Reviews
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November 20, 2007

...would've benefited from the presence of virtually any other actor in the central role...
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December 22, 2006

This was undeniably a horrific event for the victims' families friends, colleagues as well as for the entire community. But the movie seems to almost exploit this tragedy so it can make audiences weep, and ultimately, cheer.
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UGO

March 24, 2007

What allows We Are Marshall to stand above many of the other 2006 sports movies is both the undeniable power of the story itself and the strong ensemble McG gathered to tell it.
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Toronto Star
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December 22, 2006

What's missing is any kind of insight into the lives of the dead players or the members of the Young Thundering Herd who rise up to replace them.
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BrandonFibbs.com
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February 28, 2008

McConaughey campily channels Jon Stewart channeling George W. Bush for his impersonation of Lengyel.
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Ebert & Roeper

December 26, 2006

Unlike a lot of sports movies, it doesn't end with a championship or a great upset over a powerhouse. The real victory on the Marshall campus was in fielding a team that honored and respected the legacy of the 1970 team.
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Aisle Seat
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September 28, 2007

We Are Marshall is not a bad movie; it is a potentially nice, familiar movie unfortunately marred by the unspeakably awful performance of Matthew McConaughey.
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Seattle Times
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December 22, 2006

A series of montage and anecdotal vignettes follows as they recruit a whole new team, learn lessons from the catastrophe, lose and then win, with plenty of sentimentality sprinkled over the whole thing.
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Apollo Guide

September 17, 2007

A sentimental, simplistically inspiring movie that leans heavily on Matthew McConaughey's substantial energy and charisma for its success.
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AV Club

December 22, 2006

We Are Marshall isn't about grief or loss, but how these things can be overcome. It's uplifting, but shallow.
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San Francisco Chronicle
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December 22, 2006

We Are Marshall is a bit of a shame, because the subject matter could have been something special in the hands of stronger filmmakers.
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