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Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s documentary UNDEFEATED is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field. For players and coaches alike, the season will be not only about winning games — it will be about how they grapple with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life.

Actors: Chavis Daniels , Bill Courtney , O.C. Brown , Montrail 'Money' Brown
Directors: Daniel Lindsay , T.J. Martin
Country: USA
Release: 2012-08-03
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  • Shawn Levy

    Undefeated puts us inside his locker room, and you simply cannot fail to be moved by the human affection, commitment and passion you feel there.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Undefeated is a genuine crowd-pleaser, a rousing and inspirational flowers-in-the-junkyard fable of hope and possibility in grim circumstances. Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Absorbing, inspiring and terrifically entertaining, Undefeated earns its title: It's a winner all the way.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Undefeated is an emotional and effective film.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Deftly balancing the students' stories with that of Courtney's, the film creates a fully rounded portrait of a corner of America rarely examined.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    I wish the directors had emphasized more of the players' personal lives apart from the football field. But, in the end, this is a documentary about Courtney and the transformative powers of caring. He works wonders on his players and they reciprocate.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    For a documentary that's almost engineered to lift your heart, Undefeated is very well done.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The ultimate praise given to sports movies is always, "Even if you don't care about sport X, you'll care about these characters," and that's certainly true of Undefeated (I don't, and I did).

    Slate Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    While Undefeated travels well-tilled inspirational ground, it's also an irresistible story of football, faith and the lust for happily-ever-after black-and-white endings.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Like all memorable sports documentaries - Undefeated is really an examination not of how games are won and lost but how lives are lived, how young people faced with daunting challenges come to see, often in the most dramatic fashion, what is important going forward and what is not.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    There are plenty of unexpected moments within this stirring film, but it's no surprise at all that it's been tapped to compete for a Best Documentary Oscar next Sunday.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    Its triumphs are bittersweet, but they're irresistible.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Moments like these turn the documentary Undefeated into a far greater thing than a real-life "The Blind Side" - it's diving deeply into knotty matters of patience and parenting, along with plenty of unfixables as well.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Rooney

    It's impossible not to root for these guys, or to leave Undefeated without feeling enormously moved by the experience of their joys and disappointments.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Enjoyably upbeat and intelligently inspiring.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark Keizer

    It's a stirring mix of sports and human drama that exudes an almost earthy sense of genuineness.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Unlike the benchmark sports documentary "Hoop Dreams," Undefeated doesn't have a deep penetration of poverty and race in its playbook, but it does have enough heart to make substantial forward progress.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Undefeated is filled with wonderful narratives, which impressed academy voters enough to garner an Academy Award this week. It's a credit to directors Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Daniels that the personal stories of the kids and coaches resonate more than the wins and losses.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Undefeated is undeniably inspirational stuff.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    It's common for coaches to take roles as father figures on a high-school and college level, but Undefeated gets into how that dynamic works on both ends, as Courtney seeks to salve the pain of his family history.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Undefeated is well-edited by director Daniel Lindsay and beautifully photographed by his co-director T.J. Martin - the shacks of North Memphis look poetically disheveled as shot from a moving car - but it is telling that the coach emerges as the "star" of this documentary.

    Time Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Even though the film relies on many of the clichés of the form, Undefeated is a masterfully crafted work that honestly scores a touchdown.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The movie charts its nine-game winning streak and post-season. If there's a problem, it's that there are too few moments like that one with Chavis in the locker room.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Compared to many of last year's documentaries (Pina, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Cave of Forgotten Dreams or The Interrupters), this film is distinctly minor league. But it does provide the thumbs-up emotional lift of a bumper-sticker message on game day.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Glenn Heath Jr.

    What sets Undefeated apart from the usual underdog sports story is how the filmmakers emphasize the importance of mentorship as something separate from on-the-field interactions between coach and player.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Tom Dawson

    Familiar territory, especially if you've seen "Hoop Dreams" and "Friday Night Lights," but the intimate style offers its own rewards.

    Total Film Full Review
  • John Anderson

    One of the reasons documentaries often take so long to make is the filmmakers' need to keep their subject from giving a performance. They want something genuine, something that materializes only when the camera disappears. Nothing Mr. Courtney is says is inaccurate or, God knows, dishonest. But it isn't quite true either.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Honestly, Courtney and his crew all seem like nice people, but if there's an unironic audience for this kind of romantic jock-cup fondling, I'm not interested in knowing it.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    This indie documentary is egregiously Hollywood in spirit. That a take-charge white football coach can buck up a place like Manassas HS with some gridiron grit is a lie we want to believe.

    New York Post Full Review

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