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Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, the OSCAR®-winning documentary UNDEFEATED is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 94
- Fresh: 90
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: [A] stirring, emotional portrait of a high school football team in the impoverished neighborhood of North Memphis, Tenn.
Fresh: Courtney really does believe all that stuff about adversity and character, and the film is moving for its modest tale of boys learning to act like men.
Fresh: Undefeated is undeniably inspirational stuff.
A Letter to Undefeated Viewers from Coach Bill Courtney
A very special note to you all from Coach Bill himself:
As people close to me know, I am not much of a social media guy. Facebook, Twitter, and others are beyond me. It's not that I have something against it because I don’t, rather I just prefer to both send and receive a hand written note – there is just something more personal to me about an action taken that requires the time to write, stamp, and deliver to a mailbox greetings, thanks, salutations, congratulations, or any other correspondence. Having said that, I guess it is time for me to enter our current century and it is certainly impossible for me to reach out to all who have had so many kind and humbling things to say without enlisting today’s available tools. It is in this vein that I am posting this greeting. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for letting some kids from a very tough place enter your homes and hearts by way of Undefeated. Thank you for telling Hollywood that in the world of transformers, a matrix, jackassas, superheroes, casual sex, car chases, politics, and arguments over a warming earth that our human spirit still compels us to migrate to the tales of the endurance of that same human spirit. Thank you for subscribing to the notion that old school principals like character, commitment, resilience, integrity, and honor may in fact be old school, but being reminded of their importance never gets old. Thank you for the remarkable kindness, well wishes, and adulation. Please know that I am only a representative. I represent numerous volunteers who surrounded the kids at Manassas and mentored, fed, coached, and loved the young men on those teams over a six year period and none of their impact was any less important than mine. I am a representative of thousands of people all over our country who give of themselves daily to help the least fortunate folks in our society in a myriad of ways; the only difference in those people and me is that my story was told. I am also your representative. I am just an average guy who built a business and coached a football team. Therefore the beauty of the whole message is that I am no different than any of you. One person with hard work and passion can make a difference – still. So, as the young men of Undefeated showed us, we can never be defeated by our circumstances and those old school principals are still the best formula with which to overcome adversity and guide our lives. Finally, thank you for sharing your thoughts and admiration of Undefeated. It is a story worth telling and the more you share, the more others will see. The more others will see that when committing to service, something greater than oneself, character, and putting aside racial and societal preconceived notions, amazing things can happen in the lives of everyone involved – my life will certainly never be the same.
Coach Bill Courtney
True To It's Core
I had the privilege of being coached by Bill Courtney almost 20 years earlier at Rosemark Academy. He was then as he is now, a leader and a builder of men. What you see on film is what you would see if you had dinner with him. A real guy that loves to coach and cares about these kids. It's nice to see that his own advice has paid off, and that by doing the right thing, people have noticed, and its paid off.
Very powerful film! Takes everything Hollywood tries to throw at us with films like The Express or the Blind Side and shows you the real story. The only downside is that it only follows the three boys. By the end you find yourself wishing you knew what happened to all of them.
If only every coach was as good as this guy.