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“Race”: Here’s what critics are saying about the Jesse Owens Biopic

“Race”  is a French-German-British-Canadian produced biographical sports-drama film directed by Stephen Hopkins and written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse.

It focuses on James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens, who was an American track and field athlete, who won four gold medals at the Nazi-run 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics.

Poster for "Race" play

Poster for “Race”


Is the movie worth your time? Here’s what critics are saying;

“Race” is disappointing in parts, but Stephan James makes for an appealing star.”New York Post.

Director Stephen Hopkins plods when he needs to sprint, but Jesse Owens is a great movie subject. His triumph at the 1936 Olympics left Hitler to suck it up and watch a black man shatter his cuckoo theories of an Aryan master race.” Rolling Stone.

“There are facts that can be gleaned from the film, but the audience is still left looking for the whole story, any of the whole stories, and will leave disappointed at having gotten none.” IGN

“Race” reminds us that long before television elevated black sports heroes into gods, there were athletes like Jesse Owens who paved the way.” New York Times.

Making a few admirable attempts to complicate what could have been a standard-issue inspirational sports narrative, “Race” is better than it has to be, but not by too much.” Variety.

The script and direction of “Race” are both workmanlike and serve the film well, helping us to see Owens and Snyder as ordinary people with extraordinary gifts.” Washington Post.


“February 18, 2016At a time when the Oscars and movies, in general, struggle with finding racial balance, two guys of different skin colors coming together for some sports-movie magic is a fitting and truly welcoming lapping of the competition.” USA Today.

The title is on-the-nose but rather fitting for the story of Jesse Owens, the black track-and-field athlete who stunned the world by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Adolf Hitler’s Berlin.” Entertainment Weekly.

A keen exploration of how to make a political statement without saying a word, and how best to stay true to one’s self while making necessary compromises and calculations.” The Wrap.


‘Race’ stars  William Hurt, Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten and Stephan James as Owens.

‘Race’ is set to open in theaters today, Friday, February 19, 2016.

Watch trailer below’

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