FIND MOVIES
Movie List
Loading ...
or
Find Theaters and Movie Times
or
Search Movies

Review: Undefeated

Reflections on race and opportunity
By TOM MEEK  |  March 15, 2012
3.0 3.0 Stars



Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin's Oscar-winning documentary about an underequipped high-school football team competing against big-time programs across Tennessee offers a potent contemplation on race and opportunity. It may call to mind The Blind Side or Remember the Titans, but there's no Hollywood glitz in the blighted burg of Manassas. At the center looms Bill Courtney, the white coach of an all-black team who is stark in appearance and sharp in word. Challenges abound. Manassas hasn't won a playoff game in its 110-year history, and Courtney, a volunteer, has a business to run and sons playing football at another school. Then there are the pitfalls of crime and poverty that threaten several star players. Lindsay and Martin capture it all quietly on the field and off and, in doing so, register the unsettling correlation of success and failure between the two.

  Topics: Reviews , Boston, short takes, short,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY TOM MEEK
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   HOLLYWOOD, RI-STYLE  |  July 30, 2014
    The 2014 edition will premiere more than 240 films (features, shorts and documentaries) from 62 countries and 34 US states.
  •   GLOBAL CINEMA, LOCAL FLAVOR  |  August 08, 2013
    The 17th annual incarnation of the Rhode Island International Film Festival begins its weeklong run on August 6. The festival, which boasts more than 200 films from 65 countries, is a celebration of the cinematic arts with a campus feel and a focus on all things Rhode Island.
  •   REVIEW: SAFE HAVEN  |  February 14, 2013
    Somewhere along the way Nicholas Sparks went from being just a bestselling author of preachy schmaltz to a full-on franchise (he produces the movies of his books).
  •   REVIEW: FUN SIZE  |  October 31, 2012
    Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice ventures onto the big screen in this hokey Halloween misadventure.
  •   REVIEW: TAI CHI ZERO  |  October 24, 2012
    Mashup, hodgepodge, or remix — call it what you will, this kung fu odyssey from former action star Stephen Fung offers intermittent pleasures and freaky twists.

 See all articles by: TOM MEEK