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Set in the inner-city of Memphis, Undefeated chronicles the Manassas Tigers' 2009 football season, on and off-the-field, as they strive to win the first playoff game in the high school's 110-year history. A perennial whipping boy, in recent decades Manassas had gone so far as to sell their home games to the highest bidder, but that all changed in the spring of 2004 when Bill Courtney, a former high school football coach turned lumber salesman, volunteered to lend a hand. -- (C) Weinstein

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"'Undefeated' is no 'Hoop Dreams', but it's sturdily built and worthwhile."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Volunteer high school coach Bill Courtney says, "Football doesn't build character. Football reveals character." The triumphant sports documentary "Undefeated" proves that it does both."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"if you find yourself reaching for the Kleenex during the film's final emotionally charged minutes, you most definitely won't be alone."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Undefeated is far more interested in the resilience of the human spirit than one hundred yards of green turf."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"Even if you have no interest in American football this is a compelling and inspirational story that brings a tear to the eye."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
""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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[A] winning documentary."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"[E]xtraordinary in how it turns upside-down the typical feel-good, triumph-of-the-underdogs tropes of the subgenre..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Undefeated is all heart. Even those who couldn't care less about American Football will find this an affecting story about a man who really gives one hell of a damn."
‑ , Film4
"All eyes are on the ball, while the future screams from the sidelines."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
"It's a surprisingly moving, emotional film, even for those who (like me) know little of football; by its end, you just might be blinking away a few tears."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"[A] stirring, emotional portrait of a high school football team in the impoverished neighborhood of North Memphis, Tenn."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A reminder of the power of good in a world where most people get too caught up in superficial matters. A wonderful documentary that will point life's purpose in the right direction."
‑ Cameron Williams, The Popcorn Junkie
"It's an affecting and encouraging story."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Undefeated works the whole macho-sentimental template so vigorously and well it's practically a reflexive response to cry foul, but you'd have to find heroic reserves of cynicism not to care at all about the precarious fortunes of these unformed bruisers."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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