Owen Gleiberman
January 24, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Coach Carter

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
140 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/14/05
performer
Ashanti, Rob Brown, Samuel L. Jackson
director
Thomas Carter
distributor
Paramount Studios

We gave it an C+

Samuel L. Jackson stars as an inner-city high school basketball coach and tough-love academic drill sergeant rolled into one. The actor uses his nimble inflections to turn threats into play, but this formula flick is facile and overly long.

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