aarontrites’s review published on Letterboxd:
Rock solid sports movie that manages to avoid nearly all of the feel good pitfalls you'd expect of a Disney movie.
Kurt Russell plays coach Herb Brooks with warts and all, in what is likely his most reserved, buttoned down performance to date. He delivers no quips, but makes up for it with motivational speeches. One of his rare straightforward dramatic roles, but Kurt plays it with a surprising amount of sincerity.
The movie is evenhanded in balancing the "wow, what a brilliant coaching strategy!" moments with the "wow, the physical and mental abuse these kids endured seems kind of excessive!" moments. It also
helps that the kids are raw, honest actors, with good hockey player haircuts.