Review Roundup: Costner, Garner Hit Theaters in DRAFT DAY
The latest in the long line of Kevin Costner sports movies, DRAFT DAY, hits theaters on Friday. Co-starring Jennifer Garner, Dennis Leary, and three-time Tony-winner Frank Langella the movie chronicles the innerworkings of an NFL front office on the day of the draft. The script was written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO) and Scott Rothman.
On the morning of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) 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.
Let's see what the critics had to say:
A.O. Scott | New York Times
"DRAFT DAY, made with what appears to be the very enthusiastic - not to say domineering - cooperation of the N.F.L., is less a football movie than a promotional film. You will see sweeping aerial shots of skylines and stadiums in franchise cities." Read the full review here.
Kenneth Turan | Los Angeles Times
"Made with the league's complete cooperation, not to mention its spiritual blessing, this is an earnest and way-contrived endeavor that manages, due largely to Costner's efforts, to be genially diverting in a gee-whiz kind of way." Read the full review here.
Scott Foundas | Variety
"Like MONEYBALL, Draft Day (which is the first produced script by the team of Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman) is one of those rare sports movies more concerned by what goes on in the executive suite than on the playing field, and it's refreshingly smart about the complex decisions that go into making the hires and trades that often send fans into a tizzy, but which may be in the long-term best interests of the team." Read the full review here.