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On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.
Drama - While technically a football movie, there is very little of the sport
in this drama, for it focuses on the politics and maneuvering of the
title day. But one does not need to have much insider knowledge to
enjoy this film as a suspenseful drama. Fans of stars Jennifer
Garner and especially Kevin Costner will enjoy; other recognizable
faces such as Tom Welling and Rosanna Arquette have much smaller
parts. Language and adult subject matter make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 15 S-words; 10 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Some football hits and tackles. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic lines and situations; nothing off color.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The bottom-line question is whether the drama inherent in the narrative overcomes the odious, relentless NFL cheerleading. At times, it's a tough call but, on balance, the story wins out. Sonny is an interesting character and the adroit way he eventually manipulates his situation generates the urge to stand up and cheer.
Roger EbertFull Review Average What "Draft Day" misses is that the reason 6 million people watch the actual draft is because it's merely the prelude to the story of their team and possibly their new favorite player, and not the whole story in itself. We buy into the dream because of what it could mean for our sports fandom. The movie about this phenomenon clutters that hope with too many characters involved in uninteresting (and often unbelievable) subplots, dragging the high that true sports fans feel on draft day to the ground.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Draft may be one of Hollywood's few football stories without any football, save for some footage from classic games. Credit it with an unorthodox approach to the genre. But it doesn't have enough depth to its characters to overcome the lack of action. It's hard to see the film appealing to those who don't follow the game or play fantasy football.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Average Make no mistake, this isn't a sports movie so much as a procedural about backroom dealings, double-crosses and high-stakes trades. It's about the games before the games. And if writers Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph had stuck to the basics — if the plot was just business — it might have worked.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 100 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! This is one movie you DO NOT want to listen to what the "professional movie critics" say. These reviews hardly indicate an "average" movie as most critics rated it.
Three-quarters of the adults, both males and females, indicated that they LOVED "DRAFT DAY." Most of the remaining quarter, or so, rated it "above average." Only 10% of the males and 18% of the females rated it an "average" movie.