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Go Tigers!

R Released Sep 21, 2001 1h 52m Documentary List
85% Tomatometer 40 Reviews 68% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
"Go Tigers!" is a rare behind-the-scenes chronicling of a remarkable season for the Massillon Tiger's high school football team, played out in a small town that draws its identity from football. During the course of the season, three young stars emerge who are forced to carry the burden of the town and their teammates as they confront their uncertain future. The film was shot on location in Ohio on High Definition video. Read More Read Less

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Go Tigers! is an absorbing and evenhanded documentary that takes a perceptive look at the world of high school sports and its impact on a community.

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Tasha Robinson AV Club [Carlson's] lack of overt editorializing is admirable, but it still leaves Go Tigers! off-balance and off-putting, as his "heroes" are draped with adulation, even as they use unpleasant and irresponsible means to achieve questionable ends. May 4, 2023 Full Review Joe Leydon Variety A sharply observed and richly detailed nonfiction feature that plays like feel-good, crowd-pleasing entertainment. Mar 26, 2007 Full Review Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader Director Kenneth Carlson may be a little too close to the subject of this documentary. Mar 26, 2007 Full Review Christopher Borrelli Toledo Blade It's all true, even though the details are both as chilling as the premise of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and as uplifting as the plots of a half-dozen recent sports movies. Sep 15, 2020 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Oct 1, 2005 Full Review Derek Smith Apollo Guide A sports documentary that is interested in much more than just sports. Rated: 76/100 Dec 31, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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david f A fascinating documentary about a high school football season in Massillon Ohio, where they worship the sport and the players. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I have been on a Friday Night Lights kick lately, and as with FNL, I enjoyed this tremendously except for when they were actually playing football. It's good to know (for the show, not the world) that FNL is a pretty realistic show about high school football. Apparently, the world of high school football is even more moronic in real life, and it doesn't evolve after hight school, either. Trust me- I live in Ohio. One more thing- how about all that praying? There is a lot of praying in football. It is really, really pathetically sad, and I love it. It makes me laugh... really, really hard. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Pretty good by what I had watched. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Good football documentary about a town's obsession with the sport. It focuses on the Massillon Tigers and their regular season. It focuses more on the three captains in Moore, Studer and Irwin. In this case sports seems to bring most of the town together. Anybody born here seems to be born and bred on the sport. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Really good look into high school football. Eventhough Massillon is not typical, many school districts are kind of watered down to this kind of stuff. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Good documentary about high school football. It's even better if you're from Ohio. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis "Go Tigers!" is a rare behind-the-scenes chronicling of a remarkable season for the Massillon Tiger's high school football team, played out in a small town that draws its identity from football. During the course of the season, three young stars emerge who are forced to carry the burden of the town and their teammates as they confront their uncertain future. The film was shot on location in Ohio on High Definition video.
Director
Kenneth A. Carlson
Producer
Kenneth A. Carlson, Sidney Sherman
Screenwriter
Kenneth A. Carlson
Distributor
IFC Films
Production Co
Triple Play Pictures
Rating
R (Language|Scene of Teen Drinking)
Genre
Documentary
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 21, 2001, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 8, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$151.7K
Runtime
1h 52m
Sound Mix
Dolby Stereo, Dolby A, Dolby SR, Dolby Digital
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