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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Features convincing, often soaring, performances by a savvy cast that must have gotten adrenaline shots administered by Stone himself. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Though there are helmets deeper than this movie, you do have to admire the level of screen showmanship . show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    A turbocharged and pungently enjoyable take on the sport so many observers see - Stone, of course, included - as a reflection of the darker side of American life. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    While the football sequences are carefully constructed, the sensation we get from the blizzard of images and teeth-jarring sound effects is of having our head used as the football. show more

  • 45
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    Crammed with interesting ideas, visuals, and people, but Stone buries it all in a s--tstorm of technique. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    There's scarcely a scene in which the actors, action and sound track aren't cranked up to maximum intensity. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's a close call here. I guess I recommend the movie because the dramatic scenes are worth it. But if some studio executive came along and made Stone cut his movie down to two hours, I have the strangest feeling it wouldn't lose much of substance and might even play better. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The characters are hardly original...but Stone puts them into play with his usual fever-pitch gusto, producing what's probably the most heart-pounding gridiron movie ever made. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    If this rousing, technically dazzling movie doesn't get you going, then you probably didn't like football to being with. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    A kinetically charged gridiron drama that is enormous fun to watch. show more

  • July 17, 2010 triplejloy
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    Oliver Stone outdid himself with this masterpiece of a movie. Camera work was fantastic. The story was well written and casting could not of been better. Excellent soundtrack with awsome special effects. My only wish would of been if Stone could of used the NFL Rights

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